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2010.03.10> For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

Mark Twain Biographer to Speak at UNO

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) English Department will host a presentation by noted scholar and author Michael Shelden on Thursday, March 25. The event is part of the College of Arts and Sciences Centennial Speaker Series, and will take place in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center at 7 p.m.

Shelden received his undergraduate degree from UNO in 1973. He has received considerable recognition for his biographies of George Orwell and Graham Greene. The Pulitzer Prize committee placed his Orwell: The Authorized Biography on its 1991 finalist list. Shelden’s most recent book, Mark Twain: Man in White, was published this year to positive reviews. The book draws on hundreds of unpublished Twain letters and other documents.

"We are delighted for the opportunity to bring Dr. Shelden to campus," said Robert Darcy, interim chair of the Department of English. "He is a nationally recognized literary biographer, and his new work on Twain's later years sheds surprising new light on this important American writer and icon."

Shelden’s lecture is free and open to the public. Currently, Shleden is a professor of English at Indiana State University where he teaches literature and writing. For 12 years he was a features writer for The Daily Telegraph (London) and a fiction critic for the Baltimore Sun. His work has also appeared in The Shakespeare Quarterly, Victorian Studies, and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

The Centennial speaker series is part of the UNO College of Arts and Sciences' centennial celebration, which highlights the college's many departments and alumni. Established in 1909, Arts and Sciences is the university's first college and largest academic unit. For more information, call (402) 554-3558. For additional details on upcoming speakers, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/cas/speakers.php.

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