7th Annual Literary Festival at ODU: October 1-4, 1984


Mark Smith, 7th Annual ODU Literary Festival


Mark Smith

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



Webb University Center; Batten Arts and Letters Building

Author/Artist Bio

Called "a resurrected Charles Dickens" by The New York Times, and "one of the most ambitious, original, and thought-provoking novelists writing today" by The Chicago Daily News, Mark Smith is the author of seven novels. His stunning The Death of the Detective became a New York Times Bestseller and was nominated for the 1974 National Book Award. The Moon Lamp and The Delphinium Girl were both Book-of-the-Month Club selections. Doctor Blues, published in 1983, further enhanced Smith's reputation; John Irving found it "funny and boisterous and wise." The Boston Sunday Herald described Smith's second book, The Middleman, as "one man's voice speaking clearly above the mass voice, a superb example of the novelist's art." Smith's newest work, Smoke Street, a surrealistic adventure set in South America, has just been published this fall. On Wednesday morning he and Robley Wilson, Jr., will talk about fiction writing and will answer questions from the audience. Smith will read his fiction that evening.


Mark Smith and Robley Wilson, Jr. spoke about fiction writing on Wednesday, October 3rd, 1984 at 11:00 a.m. in University Webb Center.

Smith also did a solo fiction reading at 8:00 p.m. that evening in the Batten Arts and Letters Building.


No video available.

This document is currently not available here.