BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Wesleyan Professor of English Jim Plath will present “Backdoor Scholarship: A Report on The John Updike Childhood
Home” Feb. 12 at the McLean County Museum of History. Plath’s presentation is part
of the Lunch and Learn series offered in partnership by McLean County Museum of History, Illinois Wesleyan
University and Collaborative Solutions Institute.
As head of The John Updike Society, Plath led efforts to purchase Updike’s childhood
home in Shillington, Penn. Plath will discuss the transformation of the home into
a literary center and educational museum honoring Updike, the author of two Pulitzer
Prize-winning novels in the Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom series. Updike also wrote short
stories and literary criticism.
Plath is a widely recognized scholar on Updike’s works and the author of Conversations with John Updike (University Press of Mississippi, 1994). A member of the Illinois Wesleyan faculty
since 1988, Plath is also a recognized Ernest Hemingway scholar and has published
two books and numerous journal articles on Hemingway.
The presentation begins at 12:10 p.m. in the museum’s Governor Fifer Courtroom. Attendees
are encouraged to bring a brown-bag lunch to the free event.