Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Richard Reeves to Lecture on JOHN STUART MILL: VICTORIAN FIREBRAND in Richmond, VA on September 16
Richard Reeves, author the acclaimed biography John Stuart Mill: Victorian Firebrand, will lecture at the University of Richmond in Richmond, Va. on Wednesday, September 16, 7pm. Now available in paperback, Reeves's beautifully written book is the definitive life of one of the heroic giants of Victorian England. A young activist and highly-educated Cambridge Union debater, Mill would become in time the highest-ranked English thinker of the nineteenth century, the author of the landmark essay "On Liberty" and one of the most passionate reformers and advocates of his revolutionary, opinionated age. As a journalist he fired off a weekly article on Irish land reform as the people of that nation starved, as an MP he introduced the first vote on women's suffrage, fought to preserve free-speech and opposed slavery, and, in his private life, pursued for two decades a love affair with another man's wife. Exploring Mill's life and work in tandem, Reeves's book is a riveting and authoritative biography of a man raised to promote happiness, whose life was spent in the pursuit of truth and liberty for all.