Lecture transcript: https://bit.ly/3egRAiH
This video captures the third and final installment of writer and historian David Rich’s Gloucester Rediscovery Project, an endeavor that examines past Gloucester writers and their work to generate new perspectives on Cape Ann history. In this lecture at the Cape Ann Museum, Rich speaks about award-winning modernist poet and part-time Gloucester resident Charles Olson (1910-1970) and provides context on a figure that appears in two of Olson’s best known works, the essay
“Projective Verse” and the epic The Maximus Poems. This real-life character is Newman Shea, a Gloucester fishermen who led the Fishermen’s Union of the Atlantic in the early part of the 20th century during a period that was marked by intense labor clashes as the fishing industry adjusted to consolidation, modernization, and a changing marketplace. Through his research, Rich is able to tell the back story on this volatile period in Gloucester history and presents previously unknown facts about Shea’s life that reveal the full depth of character behind the mysterious fictional persona created by Olson.
Subject list: Newman Shea; Gorton-Pew Fisheries; Charles Olson; Doris M. Hawes; William H. Brown; “Projective Verse”; David Rich; The Maximus Poems; Gloucester Rediscovery Project; Cape Ann lay system; Fishermen’s Union of the Atlantic.