Dr. Robert Benson Friends of the Library Talk

Robert Benson

Friends of the Library of Sewanee: The University of the South invites you to attend a talk by Dr. Robert Benson, Professor Emeritus of English.  Dr. Benson will discuss his book, Wedding the Wild Particular.

The Friends meeting will be held in the Torian Room of Jessie Ball DuPont Library on Wednesday, November 30 at 4:30 p.m.

Robert Benson, a native of New Orleans, was educated at Vanderbilt University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He taught at the University of Southern Mississippi, Southeastern Louisiana University, the University of Dallas, and the University of Georgia before moving to Sewanee, Tennessee, where he taught medieval English literature at the University of the South. He retired in 2009 and divides his time between Sewanee and Gulf Shores, Alabama.

“Robert Benson’s miscellany, Wedding the Wild Particular, affords a pleasurable stream of intriguing surprises. His essays and poems take us into the woods to hunt and learn and be sanctified; into family life and marriage so that we can see what wordly goods he holds sacred; into the waters of Southern Louisiana to experience the coupling of beauty and destruction, the disintegration of space and land, the continual transformation of the earth itself against the forces of floods, hurricanes, and erosion; and into his Sewanee classroom where we see him and his students studying ceaselessly the relationship between medieval literature and the larger, more modern world we now inhabit. That world and Benson’s experience of it as a hunter and as a family man illuminate his teaching and his writing.” – Pat C. Hoy, New York University.

A reception will follow the talk.