(March 25, 2008)

Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073

Professor Presents Works at Popular Culture Association Conference

Dr. Earle Labor
Dr. Earle Labor

SHREVEPORT, La.—Dr. Earle Labor, Wilson Professor of American Literature at Centenary College, was scheduled for double duty March 19-22 during the Annual Conference of the Popular Culture Association held at the San Francisco Marriott.

Professor Labor first presented a paper on "The Agony and Ecstasy: Writing the 'Definitive' Jack London Biography." Labor, Director of the Jack London Museum and Archives at Centenary, is widely regarded as the world's leading Jack London scholar. He is currently working on his final draft of the Jack London biography under contract with New York publisher Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

Dr. Labor was also appointed to chair an additional session on "Jack London's Life and Works: Journalism and Other Non-Fiction." That session included papers by four leading London scholars: Dan Wichlan, editor of two recent major contributions to Londoniana—Jack London: The Unpublished and Uncollected Articles and Essays and The Complete Poetry of Jack London; Jay Williams, former Editor of The Jack London Journal; Jonah Raskin, Editor of London's Writings Senior Managing Editor of Critical Inquiry at the University of Chicago; Jonah Raskin at Sonoma State University and editor of The Radical Jack London: Writings on War and Revolution, published b y the University of California Press; and Susan Nuernberg at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and former President of the Jack London Society, and veteran author and editor of numerous books and articles on Jack London.

About Dr. Earle Labor

Earle Labor is the official biographer of novelist Jack London and curator of the Jack London Museum at Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport where he is also Wilson Professor of American Literature. Professor Labor has himself published eight books on London, including the Stanford Editions of London's letters and short stories.

About Centenary College of Louisiana

Centenary College is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and is regularly rated as one of the top colleges in the South. In 2008 Centenary College celebrates 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City.