Ellmann Lectures at Emory University

Monday March 4, 2024 06:30 PM EST
Cost: Free

From the venue:

In a lecture titled “Crediting Marvels: Experience, Imagination, and the Biographer’s Dilemma,” O’Toole — who is workng on the official biography of poet Seamus Heaney — reflects on the challenges of mapping the relationship between a writer’s experiences and the transmutations of life into imagery. How can a biography reveal the roots of art in personal and public history without reducing it to the circumstances of its creation? How can it avoid, as Hamlet has it, plucking out the heart of the artistic mystery?

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