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"Eugene O'Neill - A Life in 4 Acts" with author Robert Dowling

Tuesday, January 13, 7:00 p.m.

The Mark Twain House & Museum presents an evening with author Robert M. Dowling discussing his just-published new biography Eugene O'Neill: A Life in Four Acts.

This free Book/Mark event takes place at The Mark Twain House Museum Center .

This is a major new biography of the Nobel Prize-Winning playwright whose brilliantly original plays revolutionized American theater.

"Dowling has written the single most complete and up-to-date account of O'Neill's life that we have....To call his scholarship 'sound' is vastly to understate it; his accomplishment in marshalling all this disparate and often obscure material into a well-organized and highly readable account is nothing less than astonishing."-Jackson R. Bryer, co-editor of Selected Letters of Eugene O'Neill.

Robert M. Dowling is professor of English at Central Connecticut State University. He is the author of Slumming in New York: From the Waterfront to Mythic Harlem (2007) and author and editor of the two-volume Critical Companion to Eugene O'Neill: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work (2009). His latest projects include a folio for the online journal Drunken BoatCeltic Twilight: 21st-Century Irish Americans on Eugene O'Neill (2010); an anthology, Eugene O'Neill and His Contemporaries: Bohemians, Radicals, Progressives, and the Avant Garde (2011), co-edited with Eileen Herrmann; and a compendium of O'Neill's opening night reviews, co-edited with Jackson R. Bryer, published by Cambridge University Press. His biography, Eugene O'Neill: A Life in Four Acts, is published by Yale University Press (2014). Dowling serves on the editorial board of The Eugene O'Neill Review and the board of directors of the Eugene O'Neill Society. 

Eugene O'Neill was an Irish American playwright and Nobel laureate in Literature. His poetically titled plays were among the first to introduce into American drama techniques of realism earlier associated with Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, and Swedish playwright August Strindberg. His plays were among the first to include speeches in American vernacular and involve characters on the fringes of society, where they struggle to maintain their hopes and aspirations, but ultimately slide into disillusionment and despair. His masterpiece, Long Day's Journey into Night, is at the apex of a long string of great plays, including Beyond the Horizon, Anna Christie, Strange Interlude, and The Iceman Cometh.

This is a free BOOK/MARK event, and is followed by a book sale and signing. Reservations are recommended. Please call (860) 280-3130 or click here.

"The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America" by Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld

Thursday, January 29, 7:00 p.m.

Publishers Weekly says:
“In their provocative new book, Chua (Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother) and Rubenfeld (The Interpretation of Murder)—Yale Law professors and spouses—show why certain groups in the U.S. perform better than others. According to the authors, three traits breed success: a superiority complex, insecurity, and impulse control. Only when this ‘Triple Package’ comes together does it ‘generate drive, grit, and systematic disproportionate group success.’ Supported by statistics and original research….This comprehensive, lucid sociological study balances its findings with a probing look at the downsides of the triple package—the burden of carrying a family’s expectations, and deep insecurities that come at a psychological price.”

This is a free event. Reservations are recommended. Please call (860) 280-3130 or click here.

The Mark Twain House & Museum Offers Free Admission to Hartford Residents, Courtesy of The Hartford

Monday, January 19, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Thanks to The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., we are offering free tours to our valued neighbors -- the residents of the city of Hartford -- on Monday, January 19 (the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday).

Bring along proof of residency, and take that long-planned tour of Mark Twain's House! The House and museum are open 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; the last tour is at 4:30 p.m..

Free for Hartford residents!

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New Virtual Tours of the Mark Twain House

Each Monday we'll be rolling out a new 360-degree virtual tour of a room in the Mark Twain House. Check it out here!

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