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April 22, 2010

Installation of Prof. David Skover as Fredric C. Tausend Professor

4:30 p.m.  -  7:00 p.m.
Location: Room C5

Professor David Skover

Professor Skover presents "Mania: The Story of the Outrageous and Outraged Lives That Launched a Generation" as part of the Influential Voices Lecture Series and Alumni Weekend 2010.

Reception to follow. Please RSVP to

Mania: The Story of the Outraged and Outrageous Lives that Launched a Generation

In a multi-media lecture, David Skover will introduce his latest book coauthored with Ronald Collins - Mania, a work that brings literature and law to life.

Mania candidly and vividly portrays memorable moments - some life-affirming and others life-denying - in the lives of the great Beat Generation authors and their cadre of friends and followers. Such moments took on new vitality as Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and William Burroughs wove them into the rich fabric of their literature. And that literature, in turn, launched a generation that took American culture down an accelerated highway to uninhibited freedom and danger.

Folded into the narrative is the book's subtext - the story of literary censorship, which assumed historic proportions in the 1957 Howl obscenity trial.

To paraphrase the American poet William Carlos Williams: Hold onto the edges of your seats, ladies and gentlemen, for Mania tells an amazing story far too incredible to have ever been made up.