Quincy University associate professor of education, Cindy Lovell, PhD, recently published an article in The Huffington Post, a popular blog and news aggregator web site. "Hal Holbrook in Hannibal and Hartford: Mark Twain Comes Home" compares the similarities between Holbrook and Twain in relation to their boyhood struggles and their ability to overcome challenges to achieve great success.
Holbrook has portrayed Twain in more than 2,000 performances since 1954, appearing on Broadway and television, and touring throughout the country. The popular actor has received numerous awards throughout his career and will accept the Mark Twain Lifetime Achievement Award in Hannibal, Missouri on November 18. The actor will also be honored on November 25, at the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, Connecticut.
Lovell recently attended the Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor award ceremony in Washington D.C. as an invited guest. In addition to her position with QU, she also serves as executive director of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum in Hannibal, Missouri. Lovell is co-author of the book, "Down the Mississippi: A Modern-day Huck on America's River Road," and wrote and co-produced "Mark Twain Words & Music," a recording that tells of Twain's life through spoken-word and song. The CD features numerous celebrities including Clint Eastwood, Emmylou Harris, Garrison Keillor and Sheryl Crow.