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Sir Walter Raleigh To Be Topic of Lecture April 14

Sir Walter Raleigh: In Life and Legend
A talk by author Mark Nicholls
Thursday, April 14, 2011
5 p.m. Reception and viewing of display from the
Sir Walter Raleigh Collection | Main Lobby
5:45 p.m. Program | Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Wilson Special Collections Library
Free and open to the public
Information: Liza Terll, Friends of the Library,
(919) 962-4207

Sir Walter Raleigh (1554-1618)—soldier, voyager, politician, colonizer, historian, and possible traitor, for whom North Carolina’s capital is named—will be the topic of a program April 14 in Wilson Library.

Mark Nicholls will discuss his new book, Sir Walter Raleigh: In Life and Legend (co-authored with Penry Williams). He will divide fact from fiction in recalling the man whose spirit of adventure helped set the course of history for North Carolina—a land Raleigh never visited.

The free public program will begin at 5:45 p.m. in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room. A reception and a display of items from the Library’s Sir Walter Raleigh Collection will precede the talk at 5 p.m. in the main lobby. The Sir Walter Raleigh Rooms in the North Carolina Collection Gallery will be open to visitors until 5:45 p.m.

The authors of Sir Walter Raleigh: In Life and Legend use Raleigh’s poems, letters, and travel narratives to debunk myths (that Raleigh brought tobacco and potatoes to America, for example), to tell the full story of Raleigh’s many failed expeditions, and to explore Raleigh’s ideas, personality, feelings, and values.

Nicholls is president and librarian of St. John’s College, University of Cambridge.

Books will be available for sale and signing, courtesy of the Bull’s Head Bookshop.

The event is sponsored by the North Carolina Collection and Friends of the Library.

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