Theodore Roosevelt devoured books. He loved them deeply and took at least one or two with him wherever he went. Those who know the story of the boat thieves will remember that TR read Anna Karenina as he marched those scoundrels through the snow and biting cold. He was also a reader who could look at the quality of the writing and appreciate a story, even when he didn’t agree with the themes expressed.
The Theodore Roosevelt Center is proud to start a new program called Reading with Roosevelt. Each month we will read a different book that TR also read. We will follow the titles listed in Roosevelt: Lover of Books, a pamphlet published by the Syracuse Public Library in 1920. As part of our discussion, we will look back at TR’s thoughts on each title.
The December selection is Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens. Participants are welcome to read any edition of the book.
Readers are invited to engage in discussion using Facebook and Twitter, @TR_Center. Those connecting through Twitter are encouraged to use the hashtag #ReadwithTR. A live discussion will take place on Wednesday, December 17th.
Please email Pamela Pierce at [email protected] with any questions.
Theodore Roosevelt Jr. reading, 1892. From the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site.