Simon and Pap and Huck and Tom: Alabama Influences on Mark Twain

Presented by Richard Anderson, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of English, Huntingdon College

Many Alabamians know that the great American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald met and married a girl from Montgomery, Zelda Sayre, who came to figure prominently in his life and fiction. Not so many know the details of the wonderful and dramatic romance, which was the story of how they met and fell in love, or the importance of the South in general, Alabama in particular, and Montgomery specifically to that story. This presentation will provide an overview of Scott’s ambivalence toward the South, how he and Zelda came to meet, and their stormy courtship and romance, illustrated by reference to fiction by both Fitzgeralds, which uses Alabama settings and backgrounds.

If appropriate to the audience and venue, the scholar may ask for a large-screen digital television receiver, or a projection screen for digital slide.

Contact Richard Anderson to book this presentation
ra@huntingdon.edu
(334) 269-1660