Edward Mendelson is Columbia University's Lionel Trilling Professor in the Humanities

The Friends of the Port Washington Public Library invites you to join them on Sunday, April 27 at 2 p.m. in the library's Lapham Room for the 2008 Ruth D. Bogen Memorial Lecture. Edward Mendelson, professor of English and Comparative Literature, and Columbia University's Lionel Trilling Professor in the Humanities, is the distinguished speaker.

Professor Mendelson's talk, "From Frankenstein to Mrs. Ramsay: Seven Novels and One Life," will focus on classic authors Mary Shelley, George Eliot, Virginia Woolf and the Bronte sisters. Dr. Mendelson's book. The Things That Matter: What Seven Classic Novels Have to Say about the Stages of Life, on which the talk is based, will be available for purchase and signing.

Ellen Zimmerman, a vice president of the Friends and chairwoman of the event, notes that the book has been called an illuminating exploration of how seven of the greatest novels of the 19th and 20th centuries - Frankenstein, Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, Middlemarch, Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse and Between the Acts - portray the essential experiences of life. "We know this will be an intellectually simulating and enjoyable afternoon at the library!" she added.

Professor Mendelson did his undergraduate work at the University of Rochester and earned his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of Early Auden, Later Auden, and is the Literary Executor of the Estate of W. H. Auden. He is the editor of Auden's Complete Works, as well as of novels by Thomas Hardy, George Meredith, Arnold Bennett, Anthony Trollope and H. G. Wells.

Since 1986 he has written about computing, software, and typography, and is a contributing editor of PC Magazine.

Professor Mendelson was an associate professor of English at Yale University and a visiting associate professor of English at Harvard University. He lives in New York with his wife and son.

Valued for her sense of humor, incisive comments and great knowledge of literature, Ruth Bogen was a dedicated longtime member of the board of directors of the Friends of the Library (FOL).

In November of 2000, the Friends established The Ruth D. Bogen Memorial Collection to honor Ruth's memory. It is supported by the Ruth D. Bogen Memorial Fund, which was created as the result of a gift to the FOL by the Bogen family. The FOL manages the fund investment and makes an annual gift to the library to purchase literary classics and other works or significance. In the last two years alone, the fund has contributed more than $23,000 to the library book budget. Overall, more than 1,200 classic works of fiction and nonfiction have been purchased for our library's shelves since the fund was founded. Many more titles will be added in the years to come.

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