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Release: Oct. 14, 1999

Landon presents 'The Return of Little Big Man' Oct. 16

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Ask Brooks Landon to name his favorite American "Old West" novelist and the unequivocal response will be: Thomas Berger, author of "Little Big Man." Now, after 35 years, Thomas Berger revisits the character of Jack Crabb, portrayed in the 1970 movie version by Dustin Hoffman, as the 111-year-old sole white survivor of the Battle of the Little Bighorn, in "The Return of Little Big Man."

Brooks Landon, professor of English at the University of Iowa presents "The Return of Little Big Man" Saturday, Oct. 16, 10 a.m. in Room 40, Schaeffer Hall. Landon will tell the story of Jack Crabb through movie clips from "Little Big Man" and fast forward to new adventures from Berger's latest novel. Those attending will be able to travel with Crabb as he tours Europe with Buffalo Bill and offers his take on the gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

"I want to revisit some of the things that made 'Little Big Man' such a fabulous novel, that made Arthur Penn's movie version so memorable, and to see how Berger's and Jack's view of the world hold up in 'The Return of Little Big Man,'" said Landon. "For me, this is a labor of love. I wrote the first book about Berger's fiction, and I was honored to write the introduction to the 25th Anniversary edition of 'Little Big Man.' To borrow a line from the movie, 'My heart soared like an eagle' when I first learned that 'The Return of Little Big Man' would be published," Landon continued.

Landon's first book was about Thomas Berger. Landon says his great respect for "Little Big Man" rests in part on the ways in which the novel catches and reflects so many of the brightest rays of the American literary tradition. Most of Landon's scholarship and teaching has more to do with looking forward to the next century than with looking back to the last. The ways in which people interact with science and technology seem to be at the heart of his scholarship, teaching, and service to his department and the university.

Saturday Scholars: Tailgating for the Mind series is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and is free and open to the public. The season's last program is, "Behind the Scenes: Contemporary Lighting Design," with Bryon Winn, assistant professor of theatre arts, Oct. 23, 10 a.m., E.C. Mabie Theatre.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact College of Liberal Arts in advance at 335-2611.