Dr. Laurence Mazzeno discusses John Updike at Festival

“Listen attentively or sleep quietly so you don’t disturb your neighbor” were some of the first words former Alvernia University president Dr. Laurence Mazzeno said as he graced the audience with his humorous presence on Tuesday to give a speech entitled, “John Updike and the Art of the Essay” as part of the 2010 Literary Festival at Alvernia.

Through his positive and upbeat demeanor he spoke about Updike’s life, work, and why John Updike was such an inspirational writer. Dr. Mazzeno also read a few of the many Updike Essays and referred to a PowerPoint filled with pictures and quotes.  

At the end Dr. Mazzeno had an informative question and answer section to which he took questions from the audience. Through his comical behavior and highly enlightening readings of John Updike, Dr. Mazzeno gave the audience a ride through the mind of John Updike. 

Laurence W. Mazzeno, Ph.D
. is president emeritus of Alvernia University. He is the author of nine books including The Dickens Industry, Tennyson: The Critical Legacy, and the forthcoming Jane Austen: Two Centuries of Criticism. He serves as academic editor for the well-known Masterplots volumes from Salem Press, and is editor of the forthcoming Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in the Critical Insights series. He is a former editor and current member of the editorial board for Nineteenth-Century Prose. A frequent contributor to reference books and encyclopedias, he has also written extensively for popular periodicals and online journals. Currently Dr. Mazzeno is working as editor for TheLocalAccent.com, an online lifestyle magazine focused on Virginia’s Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.
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