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Literary Awakenings: Personal Essays from the Hudson Review

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 6:00 PM
| Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required

This panel celebrates the publication of Literary Awakenings: Personal Essays from the Hudson Review, edited by Ronald Koury, the magazine’s Managing Editor since 1985. During the past thirty years, the editors of the Hudson Review observed a trend among the best literary essayists and reviewers to couch their criticism in a highly personal manner as opposed to the theoretical, technocratic work being produced in other venues. The Hudson Review became a home for this kind of accessible, memoirist writing. This anthology, introduced by William H. Pritchard, collects 18 such essay/memoirs. These diverse contributions unite in the joy of appreciation, the pleasures of engaging with literature.

Following opening remarks by Hudson Review Editor Paula Deitz, Mr. Koury will introduce the panel: the moderator, Prof. Pritchard, along with three of the essayists.

William H. Pritchard, moderator, first appeared in the Hudson Review in Summer 1967 and became an Advisory Editor of the magazine in 1973. His published criticism includes critical and biographical studies of Robert Frost, Randall Jarrell, Wyndham Lewis, and John Updike. He is the Henry Clay Folger Professor of English, Emeritus, at Amherst College.

Susan Balée’s Flannery O’Connor, Literary Prophet of the South (1994) was the first biography of the Southern writer.

Andrew Motion, the United Kingdom Poet Laureate 1999–2009, is the Homewood Professor of the Arts in the Writing Seminars program at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author most recently of Coming in to Land: Selected Poems 1975–2015.

Igor Webb is the author of Rereading the Nineteenth Century: Studies in the Old Criticism from Austen to Lawrence (2010). He is a Professor and the Director of Creative Writing at Adelphi University.

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This event is co-sponsored by the Hudson Review. The Writing Life events in 2017 are generously underwritten by Jenny Lawrence.