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John Dennis Anderson as author Washington Irving

”Washington Irving” to Visit Irving, Texas ”A Literary Conversation with Washington Irving”

Saturday, April 12, 7 p.m.
Central Library


Washington Irving was among the first generation born in the newly created United States of America. The year of his birth--1783--was also the year England officially recognized our new nation, ending the American Revolution.  Irving would eventually earn the title of the "Father of American Literature."

Literature comes to life in the performance and scholarship of John Dennis Anderson, an accomplished oral interpreter who presents biographical performances of America’s greatest authors. As a professor at Emerson College, Anderson teaches and publishes in the academic field of performance studies and serves as a consultant on living history performance.   He has received four arts and humanities grants to develop Chautauqua performances as the authors Henry James, William Faulkner, Washington Irving, and Lynn Riggs. In addition he has developed performances as Robert Frost, Charles Dickens, and Charles Hammond Gibson.

As part of the 7th Annual Celebrating Irving:  The City and The Man, Dr. Anderson, a native of Waco, Texas, will portray Washington Irving on Saturday, April 12.  “A Literary Conversation With Washington Irving” will begin at 7pm in the Central Library auditorium, 801 West Irving Blvd.  Admission is free and refreshments will be served.  The evening is sponsored by the Irving Heritage Society, City of Irving, Irving Independent School District, Irving Public Library and Irving Black Arts Council.  This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as funded in part by the City of Irving through the Irving Arts Board.  For additional information, call 972-252-3838.