CHESTER -- Misty Valley Books’ Vermont Voices series continues this Sunday at 2 p.m., at the First Universalist Church in Chester’s Stone Village, featuring Willard Sterne Randall, biographer and author most recently of "Ethan Allen, His Life and Times."
While Ethan Allen’s legend has endured through four centuries of American history, he remains, perhaps, the least understood of America’s founding fathers. Randall, author of "Benedict Arnold: Patriot and Traitor" and "Thomas Jefferson: A Life," finally gives a three-dimensional portrait to this venerated leader of the Green Mountain Boys, a man whose fame was so great that he became a mythical figure, even in his own lifetime.
Randall chronicles Allen’s upward struggle from precocious, if not unruly, adolescent to commander of the largest American paramilitary force on the eve of the Revolution. He traces Allen from his modest beginnings in Connecticut and illuminates his deeply rebellious nature, his attraction to deism, his dramatic defense of smallpox vaccinations, and his early support of separation of church and state. Allen emerges as a fascinating public spirited leader but also as a self-interested individual, often no less rapacious than his archenemies in the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys.
On Sunday, Nov.18, former Vermont Governor Madeleine Kunin will be at the Stone Church at 2 p.m., with her new book, "The New Feminist Agenda: Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work, and Family."
A book signing and reception will follow the events, which are free. For more information call Misty Valley Books at 802-875-3400 or visit www.mvbooks.com.