September 27 2016
The Center for Mark Twain Studies will host the first The Trouble Begins at Eight lecture in the 2016-2017 series on Wednesday, October 5 in the Barn at Quarry Farm.
The four-part lecture series begins with a presentation titled, “Mark Twain & France: The Making of a New American Identity,” by Ronald Jenn, Professor of Translation Studies at Université de Lille, France.
This lecture focuses on how Samuel Clemens, born and raised in formerly French-owned Missouri, internalized stereotypes toward the French that he later struggled to reconcile with the positive image French culture enjoyed among Americans.
The event is free and open to the public. Tours of Quarry Farm begin at 7:00 p.m., with the lecture beginning at 8:00 p.m.
In 1984, the Elmira College Center for Mark Twain Studies initiated a lecture series, The Trouble Begins at Eight. The title came from the handbill advertising Mark Twain’s October 2, 1866, lecture presented at Maguire’s Academy of Music in San Francisco.
Click here to learn more about the series and upcoming lectures.