Dickinson Rich talk
To the Editor:
On Friday evening, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m., the writer Alice Arlen will speak at Mahoosuc Mountain Lodge, 1513 Bear River Road, Newry. Cosponsored by Mahoosuc Guide Service, Mahoosuc Land Trust, and Western Mountains Senior College, this talk is free and open to the public. Alice will focus on her book “She Took to the Woods” in which she tells about the life of Louise Dickinson Rich. Louise, a relative of the poet Emily Dickinson, met Ralph Rich while she was on a canoe trip in the Rangeley Lakes after her graduation from college in Massachusetts. She married Ralph soon after they met and came to live in the wild country by the Rapid River below Middle Dam. She and Ralph raised two children there. After Ralph died in 1945, Louise continued to write, publishing over twenty books both fiction and non-fiction, the most famous of which is “We Took to the Woods” (1942).
Alice, a registered Maine Guide, was researching traditional Maine sporting camps when she stumbled upon Louise’s book, “We Took to the Woods.” She was so intrigued by Louise’s story that she decided to write a biography. Interviews with Louise’s son, daughter, and friends, along with Louise’s notebooks and journals, yielded a lovely and informative book.
Please come and enjoy an evening at Mahoosuc Mountain Lodge. Alice will have books available for sale, and refreshments will be provided by Western Mountains Senior College and Mahoosuc Land Trust. Donations to defray expenses will also be welcomed.
President, Mahoosuc Land Trust Board