First time author Joe Newman ’97 was recently featured in the CTPost for his new novel The Freeman’s Oath – published in October 2009. Newman spent six years after college working in the rare book trade, and the novel features a rare book seller who comes across a centuries-old copy of “The Freeman’s Oath” – the first paper printed in the United States in 1639. The Freeman’s Oath in the 1600s referred to the rights of full citizenship of the colony, and a “Freeman” had the right to hold public office and vote at town meetings. An early draft of the first chapter of Newman’s novel, The Freeman’s Oath, appeared in the Charles River Review (spring 2003).
Newman is the Associate Director of American Paintings and Sculpture at Hirschl & Adler Galleries in New York.