Join us Wednesday at 6 pm to celebrate the life and work of Mark Twain, a week before the centenary of his death. Twain is a figure famous around the world as a jolly old man with a halo of white hair, bushy mustache, and white suit. But like a lot of famous people from history, people don’t really know Mark Twain.
Twain wasn’t just a funny guy with an impish sense of humor. His humor was cutting and powerful, often directed against religious hypocrisy and American imperialism. More than a century after his death, his satire still seem contemporary–often unfortunately so.
We’ll spend an hour talking about Mark Twain and why he’s still relevant today, with two experts on the man and his work.
WHEN: Wednesday, April 14, 6 pm Pacific/Second Life Time
Our two guests:
David Sloane is an English professor at University of New Haven, and author of Mark Twain as a Literary Comedian, along with other books about Twain and American humor. He is a great-grandson of Thomas Edison, and is working on a book about his grandmother, Madeleine Edison.
Harold Bush is a professor of English at Saint Louis University. He is the author of Mark Twain and the Spiritual Crisis of his Age. He’s currently working on a book about Mark Twain and imperialism.
(Thanks to New World Notes for the excellent Twain photo!)