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Join Carlos Dews at the Centre for Stories as he unpacks his personal connections with Carson McCullers.
“Since I was introduced to Carson McCullers’s work, when I was an undergraduate student in the 1980s, I have had a passionate interest in both her life and her work. For myriad reasons I have always felt a strong connection both with her inspiring life and frequent struggles, what she called her illuminations and night glare. I hope to unpack these very personal connections with her in my talk, since by telling her story I find that I am often telling my own. I have spent my entire career as an editor and professor working to ensure that her literary legacy is secure and that all her work is accessible to as wide an audience as possible. I often tell my students that I know more about Carson McCullers’s life than I know about my own and I look forward to speaking about her with the audience at the Centre for Stories.”
Carlos Dews is the leading authority on the life and work of Carson McCullers. He edited McCullers’s unfinished autobiography, Illumination and Night Glare, published by the University of Wisconsin Press in 1997, and edited the Library of America’s two volume Complete Works of Carson McCullers. He was the founding director of the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians at Columbus State University, in McCullers’s hometown of Columbus, Georgia, and the founding president of the Carson McCullers Society, an organisation of scholars dedicated to research on McCullers’s life and work. Dews is Professor of English at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy, where he also directs the Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation.