Hemingway reading by award winning voiceover artist Alan Sklar

Greenwich Library welcomes voiceover artist Alan Sklar who will be reading Hemingway’s The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber in its entirety on Saturday, June 4, from 1-3 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room.

This page-turner, often referred to as one of Hemingway’s best short stories, was first published in the September 1936 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine. Please register using the Library’s online calendar.     

Hemingway’s fiction has always been intertwined with Hemingway himself as a consummate sportsman. Few others in American history, with the possible exception of Teddy Roosevelt, have come to symbolize the spirit of the outdoorsman. Yet Hemingway’s characters add an interesting and telling dimension to this myth. Their solitude is almost always interrupted, and their ruggedness almost always complemented by sensitivity and aesthetic sensibility.

Because The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber does not represent this Hemingway norm, it stands apart from the author’s other short fiction. Protagonist Francis Macomber is anything but the consummate sportsman. He is inept and somewhat cowardly, but Hemingway portrays him with sympathy, revealing the anxiety and tragedy that such narrow definitions of manliness can produce.

Dartmouth graduate Alan Sklar has been a professional voice actor for over 30 years, performing in thousands of radio and TV commercials, documentaries and video projects. He has narrated over 200 audiobooks and is a former announcer at WPIX-TV (Channel 11) in NYC. Visit alansklar.com

This program is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors. Register using the Library’s online calendar. For more information, please contact Matthew Sgritta [email protected] or 203-622-7972.

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