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Local Author Night: Welcome Authors of Hammonasset House Books!

Lee A. Jacobus, The Romantic Soul of Emma Now

The Romantic Soul of Emma Now is a radiant and unforgettable story of second chance. Devastated after two disappointing love relationships in London, Emma Now meets the adventurous Vernon Stiles, a childhood flame. Vernon pursues Emma back to America where he convinces her love is possible.

Lee A. Jacobus is an English professor, most recently retired from the University of Connecticut, where he specialized in John Milton, and other 17th century writers, and James Joyce and Modern Irish Literature.  Lee is a member of the Milton Society, the Northeast Milton Seminar, the International James Joyce Society, the Authors Guild, Dramatists guild and the Modern Language Association. Lee lives in Connecticut with his wife, Joanna.


Richard J. Friswell, Hudson River Chronicles

Hudson River Chronicles is a work of historical fiction, set in 1825 New York. Thomas Cole, an artist, has arrived from England just in time for the opening of the Erie Canal. In a nation of immigrants and upstarts, Thomas must navigate his way through a complex, tight-knit community of emerging artists, hide-bound critic and wealthy patrons, searching for ways to support his dream. Follow the author as he reads “between the lines” of Cole’s many journals, essays and letters to reanimate the essence of the man, his motivation, inspiration and travels in the harsh realities of city and country in the early 19th century.

Author and cultural historian, Richard J Friswell is associate director of the Wesleyan Institute for Lifelong Learning and managing editor of ARTES Magazine, a fine arts e-publication. He lectures and writes on topics related to modernism.  More can be found at


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Event Date: 
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
RJ Julia Booksellers
768 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT 06443