Talks / School Visits

Past talks are listed in the Archive.

Over the years I have given talks at various schools, including
  • Cheshire Academy
  • The Gunnery
  • Hotchkiss
  • Hyde
  • Pomfret
  • St. Paul’s
In additional to class visits, I have lectured on such topics as "Who Are the Greatest Writers of All Time?", "Why the Novel Matters?", "Why Real Men Can Love Jane Austen," "Dickens and the Art of the Novel," "The Genius of James Joyce," "The Greatness of Tolstoy," and "The Landscape of American Literature."
Contact me if interested in arranging a talk/school visit

2009

Mark Twain, Huck Finn and Their Place in American Literature

A Talk delivered at The Gunnery, 13 February 2009
Mark Twain, Huck Finn and Their Place in American LiteratureWhy Twain's "boy story" remains one of the great liberating texts in American literature that earned Twain the accolade as the "Lincoln of our literature."
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A talk delivered at The Gunnery, 13 February 2009

Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol

A Talk delivered at St. Paul
Charles Dickens and A Christmas CarolHow Dickens changed the concept of Christmas as a satiric opportunity to comment on the way we live now.
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Why Modern Literature Is So Difficult . . . And Why It Needs to Be

A Talk delivered at The Gunnery, 10 April 2009
Why Modern Literature Is So Difficult . . . And Why It Needs to BeWhy is so much modern literature so hard to read and understand? What changed that required a change in the rules governing fiction, poetry, and drama? 
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Irish Plays in Pairs

Session 1, October 13, 2009, Litchfield Community Center
John Millington Synge's The Playboy of the Western World and Sean O'Casey's The Plough and the Stars.
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Irish Plays in PairsIn the first of three session on the contributions of Irish playwrights to modern drama, we will consider, arguably, the most controversial of Irish plays. Both Synge and O’Casey’s plays set off riots when they were first performed. We will consider why and how both dramas still have the capacity to shock.

To attend this and the other workshops, please sign up at the Litchfield Community Center. Call (860) 567-8302 or email staff@thecommunitycenter.org

Irish Plays in Pairs

Session 2, October 27, 2009, Litchfield Community Center
Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot and Brian Friel's Dancing at Lughnasa
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Irish Plays in PairsBeckett’s groundbreaking drama has been famously described as a play in which nothing happens . . . twice. His stark and hilarious play rewrote the operating system of drama in the twentieth century. Brian Friel has been no less innovative in a dramatic career that has earned accolades as the world\’s greatest living playwright. In this session we will consider the greatness of both writers and their significant contribution to modern drama.

To attend this and the other workshops, please sign up at the Litchfield Community Center. Call (860) 567-8302 or email staff@thecommunitycenter.org

Irish Plays in Pairs

Session 3, November 10, 2009, Litchfield Community Center
Martin McDonoagh's The Cripple of Inishmaan and Conor McPherson's The Seafarer
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Irish Plays in PairsIn our final session on Irish drama we will consider two of the leading contemporary Irish playwrights and explore the context for the vitality of Irish drama in Irish history, culture, family life, and religion.

To attend this and the other workshops, please sign up at the Litchfield Community Center. Call (860) 567-8302 or email staff@thecommunitycenter.org