The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture / Tagus Press is a multidisciplinary international studies and outreach unit dedicated to the study of the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Working in close partnership with the Department of Portuguese and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, it is the oldest of these units devoted to Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth.

Events - 2011

Lecture: "John Francis: Azorean go-between for Provincetown and the players"

by Dr. George Monteiro, Professor Emeritus of English and Portuguese at Brown University

October 26, 12:00 - 1:00 P.M
Prince Henry Society Reading Room at the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives (parking lot 13)

Event free and open to the public

George Monteiro
Dr. George Monteiro, Professor
Emeritus of English and Portuguese
at Brown University.

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives and the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture announce a talk, “John Francis: Azorean Go-Between for Provincetown and the Players,” by Dr. George Monteiro, Professor Emeritus of English and Portuguese at Brown University.

The event—free and open to the public—will take place on Wednesday, October 26, 12:00 - 1:00 P.M. in the Prince Henry Society Reading Room at the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, parking lot 13. Light refreshments will be served.

In the early part of the twentieth century, a group of playwrights vacationing in Provincetown began putting together a series of experimental plays for the enjoyment of those who sought alternatives to mainstream American theater.  These events were so well received that they succeeded in bringing together an extensive number of writers and artists that came to be known as The Provincetown Players.

This talk by Dr. George Monteiro brings to life that period of American history through the story of John Francis, the merchant son of an immigrant from the Azores. For the early decades of the twentieth century, extending into the late 1930s, he provided the useful and necessary connection between the visiting artists and writers to the members of the permanent community of Provincetown, which, at the time, was comprised, in the main, of Portuguese immigrants and their descendants. John Francis rented rooms and houses to these Provincetown visitors; sold them groceries and insurance; gave them canny advice; and handled a myriad other matters for artists and playwrights such as Eugene O'Neill (who became a lifetime friend), Susan Glaspell, Wilbur Daniel Steele, Mabel Dodge Luhan, John Reed (the author of Ten Days That Shook the World), and many others intimately linked to the fabled Provincetown Players.

George Monteiro is Professor Emeritus of English and of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at Brown University. In 2006 he served as Hélio and Amelia Pedroso/ Luso-American Foundation Professor of Portuguese at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He is the author and editor of over thirty books on American and Portuguese writers, including Henry James, Henry Adams, Ernest Hemingway, Stephen Crane, Robert Frost, Fernando Pessoa, and Luis de Camoes. He has also published translations of Jorge de Sena, Fernando Pessoa, Miguel Torga, and José Rodrigues Miguéis.

The entrance to the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives is located on the campus side of the Claire T. Carney Library. For access during library construction as you approach from Lot 13, enter the library basement and take the elevator to the first floor, exit the building, and proceed to the right to the Archives entrance. 

For further information, contact 508-999-8684 or email spacheco@umassd.edu.

 

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