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Voiceover Artist To Bring Hemingway Story To Life At Greenwich Library

Voiceover artist Alan Sklar 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 Greenwich Library Meeting Room.
Voiceover artist Alan Sklar 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 Greenwich Library Meeting Room. Photo Credit: Alan Sklar website

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

A Dartmouth graduate, Sklar has been a voice actor for over 30 years and has performed 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 New York City.

"The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber" was first published in the September 1936 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine.

Hemingway's fiction has always been intertwined with Hemingway himself as a consummate sportsman, the library said. 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.

This program is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by donors. Register using the library’s online calendar by clicking here .

For more information on Alan Sklar, click here.

For more information, contact Matthew Sgritta at msgritta@greenwichlibrary.org, click here or call 203-622-7900.

The Main Library is located at 101 W. Putnam Ave. in Greenwich.

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