Lowell Lecture

Joseph Luzzi: From Twain to Toni Morrison: A Literary Journey through America

Date & Time

March 2, 2017 at 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


Boston Public Library - Rabb Lecture Hall
700 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116
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Joseph Luzzi

Presenting Organization

Boston Public Library




Programs (programs@bpl.org, 617.859.2382)

A writer and professor of Italian at Bard College, Luzzi has lectured throughout the world on art, film, and literature and is a contributor to the New York Times and London Times Literary Supplement. His memoir In a Dark Wood: What Dante Taught Me About Grief, Healing, and the Mysteries of Love traces his journey through Dante’s The Divine Comedy and his story of personal loss. The recipient of the Scaglione Prize for Italian Studies from the Modern Language Association, his work has been translated into both Italian and Portuguese. Luzzi’s lecture will lead participants through the fascinating world of American literature which reveal the character and conflicts of the American spirit, from Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn and William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury to Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Philip Roth’s American Pastoral, and Joseph Heller’s Catch 22.