Oct. 24, 2012
-- Come and join Dr. Kerry Driscoll as she discusses Twain’s 1889 classic A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.
Hank Morgan is a 19th century Connecticut Yankee who is accidentally transported back in time to King Arthur’s Court. His knowledge of modern engineering technology fools the inhabitants of medieval England into believing that he is a magician capable of performing stunning feats. In the end, his attempts to modernize, Americanize, and improve the lives of the inhabitants are not enough to prevent the death of Arthur and an interdict against him by the Catholic Church.
For its humor and seriousness of purpose A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
is generally considered one of the highest achievements of Twain’s books. As satire, it deftly strikes its blows at the follies of two ages and as a passionate expression for justice and freedom, it is a work which offers many rewards to the reader.
Dr. Kerry Driscoll is a professor of English and department chair at St. Joseph’s College in West Hartford. She is the recipient of two Fulbright awards to the University of Heidelberg, Germany and, in 2007, was awarded a yearlong Faculty Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities for her book manuscript in progress, Mark Twain Among the Indians
. She is the author of numerous essays about Twain, is the contributing editor of the Mark Twain Annual, and last year, directed a National Endowment for the Humanities Institute on “Mark Twain and the Culture of Progress.”
The Oliver Wolcott Library has additional copies of this title available to borrow. All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public. Space
is limited. Registration is required and can be done by calling 860-567-8030 or logging onto www.owlibrary.org
and clicking on Programs/Adult Programs. This program is generously funded by a Heritage Grant from the Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut and the Connecticut Humanities Council.