The Trouble Begins at 5:30: Daniel J. Mrozowski on Bret Harte and Mark Twain
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April 24 • 5:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
A Born Bummer & A Brother Author: The Battered Friendship of Bret Harte and Mark Twain
Friend. Collaborator. Rival. Enemy. The complicated relationship between Mark Twain and Bret Harte began in California, imploded in Hartford, and lasted both lifetimes. Daniel J. Mrozowski will explore the ways in which Bret Harte brought out the best and worst in Samuel Clemens, fueling his creativity and inspiring some of the most brutal invectives of one of the world’s most withering wits.
Daniel J. Mrozowski is the Director of Graduate Studies in English at Trinity College where he teaches courses in American literature, literary theory, and science fiction. He is working on a book about the fiction of the Gilded Age.
Reception with light refreshments 5 p.m., lecture 5:30 p.m. While this event is free, pre-registration is required.
Upcoming Trouble speakers:
May 22, Kevin Mac Donnell, collector, bookseller, and premier independent Twain scholar on Mark Twain at Ten Paces, an exploration of the author’s famed pseudonym.
June 12, Stephen Kinzer, author, on his book The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of the American Empire.
The Trouble Begins series is made possible in part by the Elmira College Center for Mark Twain Studies in Elmira, NY.
Thanks also for the support provided by Salute Restaurant in Hartford.