Rocky Mount, N.C.—North Carolina Wesleyan College continues its annual tradition of bringing outstanding authors to campus when Mark Edmundson reads from his work on March 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Dunn Center. His reading is free and open to the public, with a book signing and reception to follow.
Professor Edmundson is a renowned professor of English at the University of Virginia. He is the author of nine highly-acclaimed books and numerous essays in prominent publications. His essay “Who Are You and What Are You Doing Here?/A Message in a Bottle for the Incoming Class” was chosen for inclusion in Best American Essays 2012. One of his books, Teacher: The One Who Made the Difference, was chosen as first-year reading for the entering class at Suffolk University. His writings frequently appear in “Harper’s Magazine,” “ Raritan,” “The Chronicle of High Education,” and other notable publications.
Edmundson has delivered many prestigious guest lectures at colleges and universities. He was chosen to serve from 2004-2007 as a National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Teaching Professor.
He received his bachelor of arts degree from Bennington College in 1974 and his Ph.D. from Yale in 1985. His academic specialties include 19th Century American and 19th Century British literature, poetry, and Romanticism.
Edmundson’s books are available through bookstores and outlets such as Amazon.com. A limited number of copies of selected books will be available for purchase at the book signing. They include Why Teach? (2013); The Fine Wisdom and Perfect Teachings of the Kings of Rock and Roll (2010); The Death of Sigmund Freud (2007) which has been translated into nine languages; Why Read? (2004); Teacher: The One Who Made the Difference (2002); Nightmare on Main Street (1997); Literature Against Philosophy, Plato to Derrida (1995); Wild Orchids and Trotsky (1993); and Towards Reading Freud (1990). His latest book, Be a Football Player!/An Inquiry Into Values, is expected to be available this year.