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A new undergraduate course, “Road Scholar,” takes students out of the classroom to learn more about the lives of famous authors and playwrights who helped shape American literature by visiting their homes in and around Connecticut.

Students visited the homes of Mark Twain and neighbor Harriet Beecher Stowe in Hartford. The setting for playwright Eugene O’Neill’s “A Long Day’s Journey into Night” is based on the living room of his home in New London. Other visits included the Massachusetts homes of Edith Wharton, author of “The Age of Innocence,” and Herman Melville, who wrote the classic whaling tale, “Moby Dick.”

“As professors of American literature, we felt that WestConn is ideally situated in the very heart of the region in which American literature came of age and announced its presence,” said WestConn English Professor Dr. Margaret Murray, who came up with the idea for the course with Associate English Professor Dr. Donald Gagnon.