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Book Talk: Lions of the West: Heroes and Villains of the Westward Expansion

Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 4:00pm

Amit Bhatia '01 Libe Cafe (Olin Library)
Olin Library, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

Join Robert Morgan, prize-winning novelist and poet, and the Kappa Alpha Professor of English at Cornell, for a “Chats in the Stacks” talk about his new book “Lions of the West,” (Shannon Ravenel, October 2011). “Lions of the West” is a biography of America, and with colorful biographical sketches, Morgan presents the story of the annexation and settling of the West. From Thomas Jefferson’s birth in 1743 to the California Gold rush in 1849, America’s Manifest Destiny comes to life. His book skillfully pulls together accounts of presidents, generals, statesmen and adventurers that convey America’s spirited expansion across the continent.

Professor Morgan is the author of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. His novel “Gap Creek” and his biography of Daniel Boone were both national bestsellers. His awards include Guggenheim and Rockefeller fellowships and an Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature. In 2010, Morgan was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame.

Following the talk will be a question and answer session, and his book will be available for purchase and signing. Light refreshments will be available throughout the event. For more information, please call 255-3393.

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Cornell University Library, Olin Library




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Robert Morgan

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The Kappa Alpha Professor, Department of English

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