James Golden Discusses “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” At West Hartford Library
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January 23 • 6:30 pm - 8:00 pmFree
James Golden, director of education at The Mark Twain House & Museum, will give a talk about Mark Twain’s masterpiece Adventures of Huckleberry Finn at the West Hartford Public Library, 20 South Main Street, on Wednesday, January 23, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Twain’s 1885 novel, which he wrote when he lived in Hartford, is simultaneously acknowledged as a masterpiece of American Literature and banned from schools.
Golden will explore the book in the context of American history, beginning with the origins and growth of slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Civil Rights movement through to the present. The program examines the role of this book as a catalyst for positive social change and includes a discussion of book banning and censorship.
Golden studied divinity and history at the University of Edinburgh before completing his doctorate in modern history at the University of Oxford. Since 2015 he has been the director of education at The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, Connecticut, and has taught history at Trinity College, the University of Hartford, and Wesleyan University. His published work includes contributions to the English Historical Review and collections of essays published by Four Courts Press and Bloomsbury Academic, including Mark Twain
and Youth: Studies in his Life and Writing (New York, 2016).
Register for the talk at West Hartford Public Library here.