Tuesday June 29 | Robert Manson Myers & “Ars Amatoria”

June 28, 2010 at 11:00 am | Posted in Coming Up | 20 Comments

Allow all attending an audio announcing achievement. “Author Anonymous” assembles Ars Amatoria, an absolute alliterative anthology (all “A’s”). Yes, an anthology of poems in which every single word in the book begins with the letter A. This book has gained the attention of national talk shows and “Author Anonymous” happens to be Robert Manson Myers, an 89 year old man of Letters who lives in Charlotte. We meet this remarkable, dare we say, awesome, gentleman to talk about his book and much, much more.
Guest
Dr. Robert Manson Myers
– Retired English Professor and Author, Ars Amatoria

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  1. Oh, how I wish he would record an audiobook of this! Such a delight to listen to him.

  2. What a strange but interesting man of letters. Good to see that the USA is still producing a few of these pleasantly eccentric types amongst the literati, though I fear he is among the last of a dying breed due to the corporatization and massification of American literature and art.

  3. He made me think of Truman Capote. Which is a good thing.

    • yes, very Tru ish

  4. This interview was nothing short of brilliant! He was wildly hilarious, witty…and just plain fun. I don’t know enough “a” words but I do applaud an amazing author’s audacity always ;).

  5. Manson Myers was hilarious. He should have his own talk show!

  6. An audience appreciates an awesome author and anchor aggrandizing an “A” appreciation. Oh! I erupted internally in adrenaline and externally in laughter as I listened to the banter between Mike Collins and Dr. Robert Manson Myers. Interviews like this are why I listen to Charlotte Talks and WFAE! Hopefully Mike get’s started on “A” for the stage, because “An an ample applause awaits!!!” Thanks Mike! Thanks Dr. Robert Manson Myers (age = 89, vitality = 8+9).

  7. where can I find the book , I tryed.

  8. He needs to become a professional recorded book reader.

  9. Loved the way he flirted outrageously with Mike Collins. Very funny! I have just completed “The Children of Pride” and think it has been the most powerful reading experience of my life, 50 years + of reading fiction and history. Mr. Myers is a remarkable, exhaustive scholar and sensitive author. So grateful for the opportunity to hear him and know his work.

  10. I had Mr. Myers for one semester of English at Maryland Univ., College Park in 1959 or 1960. I had three other English instructors, but I only remember the name of Mr. Myers. His was a clsss that I looked forward to. He was always of good cheer, and was entertaining and informative. I am glad that he is, apparently, still the same and is still writing. Best wishes to him.

  11. I met Robert Manson Myers while working at that wonderful old/rare bookstore Dilworth Books in Charlotte. We became buddies and I love Mr. Myers. He was always full of charming anecdotes and I believe I made him laugh at some of my “witty” comments about literature. I am actually proud that I could entertain Mr. Myers, since his own wit is formidable! I love you Robert. Very much miss seeing you! I would love to give you a call one of these days and have lunch! Michele White

  12. What a pleasant surprise to hear Professor Myers’ witty, learned, insightful remarks. Hearing his voice, my mind raced back to a graduate class on Jane Austen that I completed with him in the early eighties at the University of Maryland. Also, he was kind enough to serve on a committee that examined me for my M.A. thesis on Henry James. In class, Professor Myers was always a most lively, entertaining teacher, and as we prepared to write our graduate papers, he warned us “not to strain to be strong.” As a teacher at one of Maryland’s community colleges, I have often passed on Professor Myers’ many words of wisdom to my students. In addition, I remember Professor Myers’ fondness for most things English and his love of London, and since I am English, I always enjoyed the “British boost” that his remarks provided. Best wishes to Professor Myers.

  13. Both my husband and I enjoyed classes with Professor Myers at the University of MD. We were once entertained at by him at his D.C. apt. where he had the radiators removed to provide more shelving for his books. Fortunately, it was not the middle of winter. My husband, Edward, has just, today, finished re-reading The Children of Pride. While I tried to follow Dr. Myers’ advice about posting a new Alexander Pope couplet on the mirror, every day, so as to commite each to memory, I fear that I recall only the instruction and alas, only one couplet.
    Ruth Jones

  14. While I sit here listening to the interview with Robert Mason Myers, I have to share
    an experience that I had today at a local grocery store in Monroe, NC. While I was
    making sure I had my keys in hand before locking my door, I noticed an older gentleman walking with a cane going towards the door. I walked a little faster to catch up with him and offered my hand to help him to the door. I immediately noticed his gentle voice and crystal blue eyes that intriged me. I helped him through the door and pulled his buggy out for him, then I was engaged in one of the most powerful conversations of my life. I left without ever knowing his name, but did get the title of his book that had won awards, “The Children of Pride”. I was so facinated that I immediately came home and looked for the author of this book. I had met
    ROBERT MASON MYERS! It was a meeting I will never forget. His kind gentle educated maner will be imprinted in my memory forever. If perhaps he does get this message, I want to tell him what a impact he had me and how fortunate I feel to have met him.

  15. Hello, i think that i saw you visited my blog so i came to “return the favor”.
    I’m trying to find things to enhance my site!I suppose its ok to use a few of your ideas!!

  16. Nice post. I learn something new and challenging on sites I
    stumbleupon every day. It will always be helpful to read through articles from other writers
    and use something from their sites.

  17. RMM was one of my favorite teachers at the University of Maryland in the 1960s. I have been an English professor for 30 years, and he served as a role model. He taught 18th Century Eng. Lit – a survey course, and I think the Department stuck him with it. He told us he wasn’t happy teaching undergraduates, then threw took himself and our class back in time and illuminated that period. A remarkable man. An incredible teacher. A vibrant wit. I hope he gets to read this.

  18. Mr. Myers is a superb teacher, wise, witty, entertaining, influential. I took two memorable courses with him 1964-65 in College Park, MD. It is wonderful to hear that he is still active.


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