Matt Klauza, Ph.D.


Matt Klauza, Ph.D., is the English Department Chair at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth, as well as an English and Literature professor there. He has presented on literary topics across the country (in New Orleans, Michigan, Philadelphia, San Francisco and several places in between). Professor Klauza is a two-time Mark Twain Research Fellowship winner with the Center for Mark Twain Studies in New York and he has lived for several weeks as scholar-in-residence in Mark Twain’s summer home while working hands-on with Twain’s manuscripts and typescripts. He earned his doctorate degree in American Literature from Auburn University in Alabama.

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The Interesting and Tragic Life of Mark Twain

In his time, Mark Twain was arguably the most famous man in the world. His name is synonymous with innocence and nostalgia, with painting fences and Mississippi River rafts, with princes and paupers, and Connecticut Yankees. However, there is much more behind the man in the white suit, including a darker side. This class surveys the interesting life of Mark Twain, including his various careers as a printer’s devil, riverboat pilot, miner, lecturer, investor and, of course, writer. We will examine his biographical events and how they shaped his writing. This course covers the horrors of his early life, his days on the river, his adventures in the Wild West and overseas, his courtship and marriage, his enormous popularity, his financial trouble and his personal tragedies.
Register Early! There is a $5 charge for registering on the day of a one-time lecture or event.

Course # F1T1 — One Time Event
Place:Auditorium, Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
Dates:Tuesday, October 15 2019
Time:9:30 - 11 AM
Fee:$30 / member; $35 / non-member

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