SCOVILLE LIBRARY SPEAKER SERIES: Charles Van Doren - "The Lion of Cortona"

Event date: 
Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 4:00pm
Event address: 
38 Main Street
06068 Salisbury

This event will take place at Scoville Memorial Library, 38 Main Street, Salisbury, CT06068 - (860) 435-2838

Presented in partnership with Oblong Books & Music.

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Charles Lincoln Van Doren is an American intellectual, writer, and editor. He was involved in a notorious television quiz show scandal in the 1950s. Van Doren became an editor at Praeger Books and a pseudonymous (at first) writer, before becoming Editorial Vice President of the Encyclopædia Britannica. He is the author of several books, of which the popular-market text A History of Knowledge may be his best known. He also co-authored a revision of How to Read a Book with its original author, philosopher Mortimer J. Adler, and co-edited with him a 1,771-page anthology entitled Great Treasury of Western Thought (1977). Van Doren retired from Britannica in 1982.

Today, both Van Doren and his wife, Gerry live in a "small, old house" (his words) on the land his parents bought near Falls Village, Connecticut over eighty years ago. Mr. Van Doren will be appearing at Scoville Library to discuss his popular historical fiction trilogy The Lion of Cortona, a sweeping tale of life in thirteenth Century Tuscany. He will talk about his research and creative process, with reference to the body of his work, and entertain questions from the audience followed by a book signing.