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The Art of Biography:Beethoven and Steinbeck (King Library)
Start Date: 4/13/2019 All Day
End Date: 7/31/2019

Event Description:
An exhibit exploring the process of researching and writing biographies.

The Beethoven Center focuses on Alexander Wheelock Thayer, an American diplomat and journalist who was the first writer to document Beethoven’s life. The exhibit traces Thayer’s research trips in Europe, and features items from the recently acquired Gertrude Behr Thayer collection, including Thayer’s passport, one of Beethoven’s shirts, and Thayer’s consulate uniform--complete with gloves, sword and helmet.

Exhibit April 13-July 31, 2019
King Library, 5th floor Special Collections Exhibit Hall & Beethoven Center

Additional events: 4/13 at 2 PM Schiro Room 550
Grand Opening Presentation featuring Dr. Grant Cook and Dr. Theodore Albrecht as they discuss Beethoven’s biographers and conversation books.

5/2 at 10:30 AM Schiro Room 550 William Souder will discuss his new biography titled Mad at the World: John Steinbeck and the American Century. The Steinbeck Center examines a multitude of Steinbeck scholars and questions authorial intent while presenting an interactive timeline of Steinbeck’s life. The exhibit also displays a re-creation of John Steinbeck’s desk, which includes space for visitors to write with Steinbeck’s favorite pencils, as well as copies of some of Steinbeck’s original “Dear Alicia” letters.
Location Information:
SJSU Main Campus - King Library
Room: Beethoven Center

SJSU Main Campus - King Library
Room: Schiro Room
Contact Information:
Name: Beethoven Center
Phone: 408-808-2058
The Art of Biography:Beethoven and Steinbeck

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