Join Carlos Dews as he shares his work on the life and writing of Carson McCullers. Carlos is currently editing the selected letters of Carson McCullers for Houghton Mifflin, the publisher to which McCullers remained loyal during her entire writing career. This work involves bringing together and selecting letters to include in the volume from among the thousands of extant letters written by McCullers that are now scattered among private and public collections around the world. For the first time ever in public, Carlos will share these letters. In addition to the letters project, he is also working on a series of essays in response to the recent release of the transcripts made of a limited number of Carson McCullers’ therapy sessions with Dr. Mary Mercer, recorded in 1958. Alongside the important revelations about her life and work revealed, Carlos will also speak about the ethical ramifications of the scholarly use of these transcripts.
Carlos Dews is the leading authority on the life and work of Carson McCullers. He edited McCullers’s unfinished autobiography, Illumination and Night Glare, published by the University of Wisconsin Press in 1997, and edited the Library of America’s two volume Complete Works of Carson McCullers. He was the founding director of the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians at Columbus State University, in McCullers’s hometown of Columbus, Georgia, and the founding president of the Carson McCullers Society, an organisation of scholars dedicated to research on McCullers’s life and work. Dews is Professor of English at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy, where he also directs the Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation.
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