Old Dominion University
October 8-10, 1991
An Eminent Scholar at Old Dominion University, Alf Mapp, Jr., is a critically acclaimed historian and biographer. A writer with a subtle narrative ability, the skill to make history into a compelling story, Mapp is the author of eight books and the co-author of numerous others. He has written more than 800 articles in the New York Times and other metropolitan newspapers, scholarly journals, and popular magazines. His books have been translated into nine languages. He has received world-wide praise for Thomas Jefferson: A Strange Case of Mistaken Identity, which was cited as one of the "Forty Best Books of 1987" and chosen as a featured selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club.
This year, scheduled for a mid-October publication date, Alf Mapp's Thomas Jefferson: Passionate Pilgrim will be in bookstores around the world, but residents of Hampton Roads and visitors to the 14th annual Old Dominion University Literary Festival will get a sneak preview. Mapp will read from his new work, and the book will be available exclusively in this area at that time. The work, an anxiously-awaited second volume on Jefferson, will trace his story from his inauguration as president through his founding of the University of Virginia to his death. Mapp's book departs from the stereotypical view of Jefferson as a man of pure reason. Although he sees Jefferson as a man with great intellectual and reasoning powers, Mapp offers the story of a man who reacted passionately to ideas and the people around him. "Jefferson's life," according to Mapp, "was a pilgrimage of discovery."
Alf Mapp will be speaking on Tuesday, October 8, at 8 p.m. in Mills Godwin Auditorium. [extracted from 1991 brochure]