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11/15/93

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Allen Drury to discuss his fiction on Nov. 30

STANFORD -- Pulitzer Prize-winning author Allen Drury, a 1939 graduate of Stanford, will discuss his career and his use of Stanford as a backdrop in some of his fiction at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, in Oak West Lounge at Tresidder Union.

Drury worked in journalism for 20 years, including stints at the New York Times and United Press International after earning his journalism degree at Stanford. In 1959, he published his first novel, Advise and Consent, for which he won the 1960 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Since then, he has been a full-time author, publishing five nonfiction books and 18 novels.

His two most recent novels are Toward What Bright Glory?, a story of the World War II generation that begins at Stanford in 1938 and ends with the outbreak of war in Europe in September 1939, and its sequel, Into What Far Harbor?, which brings his characters up to 1964, when they are worrying about offspring and the rising turmoil of Vietnam.

Drury will discuss how his writing career unfolded and how Stanford became part of the backdrop. Audience questions will be encouraged. Drury's talk, which is free and open to the public, is cosponsored by the Stanford Historical Society and the Associates of the Stanford University Libraries.

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