Publishing company Ticknor and Fields reinvented American publishing. Housed across the street from Old South Meeting House at the Old Corner Bookstore from 1832 to 1865, Ticknor and Fields helped establish the careers of some of the nation’s literary greats, including Longfellow, Hawthorne, and Thoreau. In this lively talk, literary historian Rob Velella highlights Ticknor and Fields’s evolution, its role in making Boston the center of 19th-century American literary culture, and how the Old Corner Bookstore headquarters was nicknamed “the hub of the Hub.” Part of the Series “Boston is Thoreau Country: A Multimedia Series Celebrating Thoreau’s Legacy in the Hub,” Co-Presented by Old South Meeting House, The Thoreau Society, and the Boston Literary District. Co-Sponsored by the Walden Woods Project. (Image: Public Domain)
BIO: Rob Velella
Rob Velella is an independent literary historian and playwright specializing in American literature of the nineteenth century. He maintains the American Literary Blog.