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Ethan Allen: His Life and Times–Lecture

Lecture and Book Signing
Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Special Collections Reading Room, Bailey/Howe Library

Willard Sterne Randall, professor of history at Champlain College, will talk about Ethan Allen, the subject of his latest book. Ethan Allen: His Life and Times is the first new biography of the legendary Vermonter in 50 years, and according to historian John Ferling, “Randall has stripped away the myths to provide as accurate an account of Allen’s life as will ever be written.”  Randall’s Ethan Allen emerges as both a public-spirited leader and a self-interested individual. As Randall examines Allen’s movement from modest origins in Connecticut to Revolutionary War firebrand, he relies on much new source material, particularly about Allen’s experience as a British prisoner of war.

Randall is the author of twelve books, including six biographies and two biographical readers. A former investigative reporter, he received the National Magazine Award for Public Service from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, the Hillman Prize, the Loeb Award and three Pulitzer Prize nominations during his seventeen-year journalism career in Philadelphia. After graduate studies in history at Princeton University, he turned to writing biographies, which have also garnered three Pulitzer nominations. A contributing editor to American Heritage Magazine and to MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, he regularly reviews biographies for New York Newsday, Philadelphia Inquirer, Boston Globe and the Journal of American History.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information about the event, call 656-2138 or email uvmsc@uvm.edu

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