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BOOK/MARK: "Eugene O'Neill - A Life in 4 Acts" with author Robert Dowling

Tuesday, November 4, 7:00 p.m.

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 Boat, "Celtic 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.

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


Wednesday, November 5, 7:00 p.m. at the Hartford Stage, 50 Church Street, Hartford.

A hair-raising visit with gothic novelist Anne Rice and her son Christopher Rice, a New York Times-bestselling author in his own right. We celebrate Anne's return to the scene of her greatest success, Interview with a Vampire, with her new novel Prince Lestat. Christopher will also tell us about his new paranormal thriller, The Vines, set in the familiar gothic playground of their family's hometown, New Orleans. Of course, we hope to learn more than a little about their shared bond as writers and family. Followed by a book sale and signing.

Series sponsored by The Hartford.

Tickets:  $35 / $30 for MTH&M Members and Hartford Stage subscribers. 
To order, call (860) 527-5151 or visit HartfordStage.org. A $1.50 facility fee and a $5.00 handling fee wil be added.

Chief Curator Job Opening

Our wonderful Chief Curator, Patti Philippon, has left us to head the American Clock & Watch Museum, and we need another! See our Employment Listings.

Capital Classic’s performance of DRACULA

Tuesday, October 28, and Wednesday, October 29 at 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. each evening.

Get a little batty in the creepy basement of The Mark Twain House with this radio theatre performance of Bram Stoker’s blood-sucking Dracula!  Watch as the performers and a sound effect specialist put on a show made for radio right in front of your eyes (while covering your neck).

Note that the Wednesday, October 29th 7 p.m. performance of DRACULA will be ASL interpreted for the deaf community.

Tickets - $20 / $15 for MTH&M Members.  Call (860) 280-3130 for tickets.

Visit both Stowe and Mark Twain in one tour!

Park once and visit both houses!

Come to Nook Farm, Hartford’s most desirable neighborhood in the 19th Century and take  a combined tour of both the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center and The Mark Twain House.  

Harriet Beecher Stowe’s elegant Victorian Gothic home, surrounded by award-winning gardens, was the famous writer’s final residence for her  last twenty-three years. Having set the world on fire with her seminal abolitionist novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Stowe continued her boundary-breaking work in Hartford’s Nook Farm.

Across the lawn, in 1874, Samuel Clemens, a new celebrity known by the name “Mark Twain,” built a 25-room Picturesque Gothic mansion that would soon become the talk of the town.  Within its walls, he would work on the novels that would change the face of American literature: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Prince & The Pauper, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.

You can tour both impeccably-restored homes, learn about the lives of their world-renowned residents, and discover how two Hartford neighbors changed literature and continued to shape a nation’s view of itself.


Combined tours are offered every hour on the hour beginning at 10 AM (Mon-Sat) -or on Sunday beginning at 1 PM.  Last combined tour steps off at 4 PM every day. Tour is approximately 90 minutes short!  Offered every day! 


Adults (17 -64)     $23

Seniors (65+)       $21

Children (6-16)     $15  

Ask about discounts for members of the Stowe Center and members of the Mark Twain House.

Tickets may be purchased at either the Stowe Visitor Center or the Mark Twain Museum Center.

Regular tour offerings of each of the houses are also available.


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