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Mark Twain Expert to Speak February 11

January 13, 2009

Dr. Cindy Lovell, noted scholar on Mark Twain, will continue the Lindenwood University Speaker Series when she appears at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 11, on the main Lindenwood campus in St. Charles. The event is free and open to the public.

The event will be held in Sibley Chapel, which is located in Sibley Hall on Lindenwood’s main campus, 209 S. Kingshighway, St. Charles, Mo., 63301. Lovell’s presentation will be on the controversies surrounding “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain, arguably Missouri’s best-known author.

Lovell is an associate professor of education at Quincy University and serves on the board of directors for the Mark Twain Home Foundation; she is also education coordinator at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in Hannibal, Mo.

She recently signed a contract with Greenwood Press to author a two-volume encyclopedia titled “All Things Twain: An Encyclopedia of Twain’s World.” The work will cover, “Twain’s material culture … customs, religion, political controversies, and similar topics.” Mark Twain lived from 1835 to 1910, a period which encompassed such significant events as slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, westward expansion, and the Gilded Age (a term coined by Twain).

“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” is among Twain’s best-known works and is considered by many to be his best book. The story of the title character’s journey with a runaway slave named Jim was controversial in its time and remains so today for a variety of reasons.

Lovell is a former elementary school teacher who has been teaching the life and works of Mark Twain for many years. At Quincy University she teaches education courses, including a graduate course in children’s literature that explores some of Twain’s works and a first year experience course on the life and times of Mark Twain.

“I have loved Mark Twain since fourth grade,” Lovell said, “and I love sharing Mark Twain with others.”

“All Things Twain” is expected to be completed for publication in 2010, the 100th anniversary of Twain’s death and the 175th anniversary of his birth.

The 2008-09 Lindenwood University Speaker Series debuted in September and includes 11 speaker events featuring a diverse collection of figures, including noted authors, scientists, scholars and journalists. The series extends through mid-April; for the complete series schedule, visit


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