Novelist Mark Helprin to Speak at Yale

Novelist Mark Helprin, whose work has been called “visionary” and “incandescent,” will speak about writing, and his own beginnings as a writer, at a Master’s Tea at Branford College, 80 High St., on Nov. 10 at 4 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the Francis Fund and Branford College, the event is free and open to the public. The author will be introduced by Anne Fadiman, Yale’s Francis Writer-in-Residence.

Helprin, who does not often make public appearances, is the author of “Winter’s Tale,” “A Soldier of the Great War,” “Refiner’s Fire,” “Swan Lake,” and other novels. The Boston Globe has written of Helprin’s work, “He has simply galvanized the universe!” Publisher’s Weekly has written, “He creates tableaux of such beauty and clarity that the inner eye is stunned.”

Helprin has served in the British Merchant Navy and the Israeli infantry. His most recent book is “Digital Barbarism: A Writer’s Manifesto,” a manifesto on authors’ rights in the digital age, and, more broadly, a defense of the individual against the group and of beauty against ugliness.

The Francis Writer-in-Residence program was established by Yale alumnus Paul E. Francis, Class of 1977, to bring a distinguished writer of non-fiction to campus to teach during the academic year and engage actively with undergraduates, serving as an academic mentor to students through seminars, readings and other activities. Fadiman teaches a nonfiction writing seminar each term and advises the editors of several undergraduate publications as well as students who are thinking about becoming nonfiction writers and editors.

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