Show Me Missouri Speakers Bureau Lecture: Samuel Cohen

Oct
12
7:00 pm
Where

Vandalia Area Historical Society
112 South Main Street
Vandalia, MO 63382

Where

Vandalia Area Historical Society
112 South Main Street
Vandalia, MO 63382

The State of the State: Missouri Writers on Missouri

This talk engages the things writers from Missouri have had to say about the state of their state. Writers such as the first African American novelist Williams Wells Brown, Mark Twain, T. S. Eliot, Tennessee Williams, Maya Angelou, Calvin Trillin, and many other essayists, novelists, poets, and playwrights who have hailed from Missouri have had a lot to say about the state. As a place that has been implicated in so much of American history, that is home to the last eastern city and the first western one, that has been shaped by people from France, Spain, and Germany as well as Boston, Kentucky, and the people who were here before all of them, there is much about Missouri that is informed by and connects to the rest of the country and the world. The course of the nation, of its political realities and aspirations, of its expansion westward and its foreign entanglements, all of these developments have marked Missouri, and as they have done so they have provided fuel for the work of a great and varied group of writers. Ultimately, their work can itself be read as providing a composite portrait of their state.

Host Organization

Vandalia Area Historical Society
Vandalia, MO (Audrain County)

Event Contact Information

Paul Ray
(314) 724-2010
pikecity1@gmail.com