Mark Twain: An American of the World with Izzi Abrams

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Date/Time
Friday, May 20, 2016, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Location
Edgewood Auditorium
575 Osgood Street
North Andover, MA

This four-week course will be held on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. in the Auditorium beginning May 6.

Rising from a childhood of poverty, Samuel Langhorne Clemens grew up to become, as Mark Twain, one of America’s best-known and best-loved authors. Considered to be one the greatest American writers, he was a critic of human nature and used humor to attack hypocrisy, greed and racism. Author of more than 30 books, he created many of the most memorable characters in literature. He was a world traveler crossing the Atlantic Ocean 29 times.

In this four-week course we will look at the amazing life of Mark Twain, a life of adventure, success, defeat, comedy and tragedy. We will look at some of his writings and see how his life, travels and beliefs were reflected in them. We will also look at how other writers were influenced by him. Mark Twain was truly a man of the world living at times near or in London, Paris, Berlin and Vienna and traveling to such remote places as Fiji, New Zealand and Egypt. He felt at home in the world as he did in America.

This course will be enhanced by audio-visual materials and handouts.

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