Old Dominion University
October 1-4, 1984
"George Garrett has enlarged the scope of historical fiction," wrote the Chicago Sun Times about his 1983 work The Succession: A Novel of Elizabeth and James. The Washington Post observed, "Garrett writes of Elizabethian England as if he has lived there all his life. He draws us into the total reality of life—the sights, the smells, the look of the streets, the food people ate, the lusts they savored, the fears they endured, the holiday feasts they enjoyed." Annie Dillard called The Succession "a masterpiece of imagination and reality. Not since Chaucer has an English writer given us such powerful, vivid storytelling."
One of our most prolific authors, Garrett has also written four other novels, six short story collections, six books of poetry, two plays, several screenplays, and a biography of James Jones. In September he returned to the University of Virginia, as the Hoyns Professor of Creative Writing.
On Tuesday afternoon Garrett will talk informally and answer questions from the audience. He will read his fiction that evening. [extracted from 1984 brochure]