Intersecting Genius: Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla

The Twain and His Times event scheduled for this evening—Intersecting Genius: Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla—has been canceled since one of the speakers slated for the presentation is unable to attend. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Please note that Twain and His Times will continue in March with Twain and the Idea of the Great American Novel on Sunday, March 8, at 2 p.m. at the Waldo Branch, 201 E. 75th St. This presentation will be led by Laura Mielke.

Those qualities that made The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn the target of censors—mainly its depiction of slavery and racism—have for others guaranteed its status as a classic. Indeed, the concept of the Great American Novel often includes books that enfold the struggles and promises at the heart of our patchwork heritage. This presentation examines the controversy still surrounding Huckleberry Finn and whether these issues detract from its status as a Great American Novel.

Mielke specializes in 19th century American literature and cultures at the University of Kansas.

Admission is free for this final event in this series.Call 816.701.3407 to indicate your interest in attending the event or you may RSVP online.

Twain and His Times complements the 2009 Adult Winter Reading Program and its Reading Missouri theme, encouraging Library patrons to read Missouri writers. The Adult Winter Reading Program concludes on March 14: for more information, visit

More in this series:
The Inner Side of Laughter: The Humor of Mark Twai...
Central Library |
Twain and the Idea of the Great American Novel
Waldo Branch |

Intersecting Genius: Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla

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