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Patricia H. Labalme Friends of the Library Lecture
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When: 19 November 2012
Where: American Academy in Rome
Villa Aurelia Largo di Porta San Pancrazio, 1 - Rome

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Standing the Test of Time: Reflections on the Craft of Writing
by David McCullough

David McCullough is one of the United States' foremost historians and one of themost recognized writers of today. Setting him apart from other historians is his highlycelebrated style which captures his readers and merges the boundaries between historyand literature. According his own recognition, he was deeply influenced from hisstudying and reading of fiction. The issue of how to accurately represent events within awork of history or one’s personal experience within a work of fiction or poetry is centralto all scholarly and artistic endeavors. In his address to the Friends of the Library, DavidMcCullough will discuss his personal insights and experiences on the craft of writing andhow writing history may resemble the art of writing fiction.

Born in Pittsburgh in 1933, David McCullough is a graduate of Yale University, wherehe studied English Literature. Since publishing his first work of history, The JohnstownFlood, in 1968, David McCullough has won numerous honors, including two PulitzerPrizes, two National Book Awards, and two Francis Parkman Prizes from the AmericanSociety of Historians. He is the recipient of the United States' highest civilian honor, thePresidential Medal of Freedom, and is one of the few citizens to have spoken before ajoint session of Congress. He has been honored with as many as 31 honorary degrees, isa past president of the Society of American Historians, and a member of the AmericanAcademy of Arts and Sciences.

TheFriends of the Library, founded in 1961 by library readers, helps build librarycollections with annual dues and special initiatives. In addition to providing importantfinancial support for acquisitions, the FOL has helped to raise awareness of the Librarythrough regular programs presenting the works of its readers.

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