THE UNSEALING: Gilded Age Love, Lust, and Murder with Robert Brighton and Dr. Cecelia Tichi (VIRTUAL)

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April 25 • 12:00 pm


Robert Brighton will be joined by fellow Gilded Age mystery author Dr. Cecelia Tichi to discuss his new novel—inspired by a true crime ‘murder of the century.’ A web of love, lust, and intrigue forms within the elite enclave of Ashwood in Buffalo, New York that pits husbands against wives and detective against detective. Set against the backdrop of Gilded Age splendor and excess and the 1901 Pan-American Exposition, comes a psychological tale of forbidden pleasures and fathomless pain from a world at once utterly strange and strangely familiar. 

 Virtual: $5 non-members and members. REGISTER HERE. 

 Copies of The Unsealing are available for purchase through the Mark Twain Store; proceeds benefit The Mark Twain House & Museum. Books will be shipped after the event. We regret that we are NOT able to ship books outside the United States as it is cost-prohibitive to do so. 


 ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Award-winning author Robert Brighton is an authority on the Gilded Age, and a great believer that the Victorian era was anything but stuffy. In his Avenging Angel Detective Agency™ Mysteries, Brighton exposes the turbulence of the era – its passions, dreams, and disasters — against a backdrop of careful research on the places, sights, sounds, and smells of the time. When he is not walking the streets in the footsteps of the Avenging Angels, sniffing out unsolved mysteries, Brighton is a wanderer. He has traveled in more than 50 countries around the world, personally throwing himself into every situation his characters will face — from underground ruins to opium dens — and (so far) living to tell about it. A graduate of the Sorbonne, Paris, Brighton is an avid student of early 20th Century history and literature, an ardent and relentless investigator, and an admirer of Emily Dickinson and Jim Morrison. He lives in Virginia with his wife and their two cats. 


ABOUT THE MODERATOR: Cecelia Tichi is an American academic and author. She is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English and American Studies at Vanderbilt University, the former president of the American Studies Association, and the winner of the Jay B. Hubbell Medal for lifetime achievement in American literature. Tichi has authored five mystery novels and several fiction and non-fiction books based on American popular culture and social history.   


Programs at The Mark Twain House & Museum are made possible in part by support from CT Humanities; the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts; Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee; the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign; The Hartford; The Mark Twain Foundation; The National Endowment for the Humanities; and Travelers. 


April 25
12:00 pm
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