Coastal Branch Library Lecture Series: Professor Richard Barlow Adams on A Christmas Carol
Professor Richard Barlow Adams lectures on his book “Eben Kruge, How a Christmas Carol Came to be Written” on Wednesday, February 10 at the South Walton Coastal Branch Library.
In his book, Richard addresses questions about Charles Dickens, the young man of 30, writer, husband, father, businessman and harborer of a secret that he took to his grave. What circumstances surrounded him on the eve of his writing the most beloved and enduring Christmas fable ever written? And what triggered his imagination to write a story so unlike any he had written before?
Richard is the first of three brothers to graduate from West Point and continue to be active in West Point alumni activities. He is a forensic engineering consultant and previously formed and sold what became a good size environmental consulting company.
As you might guess, he is also a Vietnam veteran. In late 1967, six months after graduation, Richard deployed with two brigades of the 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, KY, to Vietnam, as the artillery forward observer for D Company of the 1/506th Infantry, of WWII "Band of Brothers" fame...an experience that figures in his writing of Song Bé. After Vietnam, Richard became an Army aviator and flew a year in the Middle East.
After leaving the military and while growing his consulting company, Richard was an adjunct professor at SMU in the graduate school of engineering and an adjunct assistant professor at West Point.
South Walton Coastal Branch Library will hold a series of Winter Community Lectures on Wednesdays at 10 am starting January 6 through February 24, 2016. The lecture series is designed for the adult community and provide educational and entertaining insights into local people, history, the arts and more.
Read more and see the entire 2016 lecture series in the SoWal Community Forums. For more information please call (850) 267-2809. The Coastal Library is located at 437 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach-behind the South Walton Government/Education Complex on HWY 331 South. Free for the public with limited seating.