(November 10, 2011)

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Centenary College Continues to Advance Jack London Research

SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary College continues to develop strong ties with the World of Jack London. Three alumni, including one emeritus professor, have been internationally recognized with recent and upcoming publications that shed light on this renowned author.

Dr. Earle Labor
Dr. Earle Labor

Madison Durapau, a 2008 Centenary graduate, recently published "The Archetype: Not So Universal After All" in the Jack London Foundation Quarterly Newsletter, which is distributed to more than a half-dozen countries. Her essay was originally presented at the Tenth International Biannual Jack London Symposium. Durapau is now completing her Master of Arts degree in English under the supervision of Professor Jeanne Campbell Reesman, also a Centenary graduate, at the University of Texas, San Antonio.

Dr. Reesman '77 has published more than fifty books including such topics as American women writers, culture and myth in American literature, and—most extensively—Jack London. Reviewers have praised her recent books, Jack London's Racial Lives (2010) and Jack London Photographer (2011), as "definitive treatments" of these two subjects. Among her international works are translations of thirty-eight London titles published by the Editions Phebus Press in Paris.

Dr. Earle Labor H'90, Centenary Professor Emeritus of English, has published eight books on London, including the three-volume Stanford edition of The Letters of Jack London and The Complete Short Stories of Jack London. His authorized biography Jack London: An American Life in Letters is scheduled for release in 2012 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Publishers. As Director of Centenary's Jack London Museum and Research Center, he has received memorabilia from London scholars in numerous countries, including China, Japan, India, France, Italy, Albania, and Russia.

Centenary College established the Jack London Museum and Research Center in the Samuel Peters Building in 1988. The Center has attracted scholars not only from the United States but also from abroad.