Rob Vella Presents “The Haunted Mind” Thursday April 13, 2017

On Thursday April 13, 2017 at 7:00 pm, Rob Vella will present his interpretation of  Nathaniel Hawthrone’s “The Haunted Mind” at the South Grafton Community House, 25 Main St., South Grafton, MA.  a $7.00 donation is requested. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Grafton Historical Society and The Grafton Public Library.

According to Wikipedia, the story tells of an intermediate space between sleeping and waking, and begins with the main character’s sudden waking from midnight slumber. Notable quotes:

  • “In the depth of every heart, there is a tomb and a dungeon, though the lights, the music, and revelry above may cause us to forget their existence, and the buried ones, or prisoners whom they hide.”
  • “She was your fondest Hope, but a delusive one.”

Velella is an independent scholar and playwright specializing in American literature of the published articles and presented academic papers on figures such as Margaret Fuller, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Walt Whitman. Additionally, he has lectured at various historical sites, libraries, and colleges from Pennsylvania to Maine on the topic of American literature. He also performs dramatic readings in character for several literary figures, including the young Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edgar Allan Poe, and Hawthorne.