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The Trouble Begins at 5:30 p.m.: Waiting for Susy by Bruce Michelson
September 11, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Mark Twain House
On Wednesday, September 11, at 5:30 p.m., in the first The Trouble Begins at 5:30 lecture of the Fall 2019 season at The Mark Twain House & Museum, Twain scholar Bruce Michelson will present his one-act, three-character play, Waiting for Susy.
Waiting for Susy is a one-act comedy about a momentous historic encounter that never took place. The setting is the great square in front of Rouen Cathedral in France; the time is October of 1894. Samuel Clemens and his daughter Susy, living with the rest of the family in the nearby seaside town of Étretat, have come to Rouen to shop for nightgowns and cigars.
With brushes and an easel, and parked comfortably on a stool in this plaza, a strange, round, bearded French gentleman is dabbing at a couple of his paintings. What happens next is entirely made up, and you can safely believe every word of it.
Bruce Michelson is the author of Mark Twain on the Loose and Printer’s Devil: Mark Twain and the American Publishing Revolution, as well as many articles and book chapters about Mark Twain and other writers. He is Professor Emeritus of American Literature at the University of Illinois, and a past president of the Mark Twain Circle of America and The American Humor Studies Association. A contributing editor at Studies in American Humor, he is also a Fulbright Ambassador, having received two fellowships from the Fulbright Program. His most recent work includes a translation of Georges Clemenceau’s writings on Claude Monet and the fine arts.
A 5 p.m. reception will precede the performance. The event is free and Michelson will be available for discussion after the event. Pre-registration is strongly suggested. Reserve your ticket.
Wednesday, October 9: Elisabeth Petry on Ann Petry and the James Family Letters.
Wednesday, November 13: Lawrence Howe on “Mark Twain, Ambivalent Capitalist.”
Wednesday, December 11: John Pascal on “Mark Twain and Thomas Nast.”
The Trouble Begins series is made possible in part by the Elmira College Center for Mark Twain Studies in Elmira, NY.
Thanks also for the support provided by Salute Restaurant in Hartford.
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