In Search of Zanoni (in absentia)
Johnson’s presentation, “In Search of Zanoni” concerns his research and writing about a literary mystery concerning an author who was thought to have died in 1894 but in fact lived until 1943.
Thomas Henry D’Alton, who wrote under the pseudonyms Zanoni and Thomas Henry Burgoyne, was thought to have died in 1894. Forensic handwriting analysis and historical evidence has established that D’Alton in fact lived until 1943. He took the name Norman Astley upon his marriage to New York author and socialite Genevieve Stebbins in 1892. Paul’s presentation will present the literary detective work which he undertook to solve this mystery.