Great Pan Is Dead

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9.0 X 8.2 X 0.2 inches | 0.1 pounds

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About the Author

Eric D. Lehman is a travel and history writer, with reviews, essays, and stories in dozens of magazines and journals. He is also an award-winning author of many books, including Afoot in Connecticut, The Foundation of Summer, A History of Connecticut Wine, Insiders' Guide to Connecticut, A History of Connecticut Food, Becoming Tom Thumb: Charles Stratton, P.T. Barnum, and the Dawn of American Celebrity, and Homegrown Terror: Benedict Arnold and the Burning of New London. In his spare time, he pursues Henry Miller scholarship and teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Bridgeport, where he directs the school literary magazine, Groundswell, and the faculty essay series, The Commons. He lives in Hamden with his wife, poet Amy Nawrocki, and his two cats.


In love with love, Eric D. Lehman divines meaning in coincidence, friendships and the moment. Great Pan Is Dead: My Encounters With Coincidence excavates Greek myth, revisits teenage romance and ponders the auspicious tidings of a hastily pitched tent.

- Russell Bennetts, founder and editor of Berfrois

Eric D. Lehman's Great Pan Is Dead is just the kind of reflection we need: It asks big questions rather than providing facile answers, told in a voice that looks back critically and compassionately on his own youth. Lehman offers us stories of humanity's greatest conundrums, the great wrestling match between agency and fate, random coincidence and divine plan. Lehman is too wise and nuanced a thinker to offer an answer, or even to offer too much in the way of theory. Rather, he tells us his stories. In the end, these stories lead us to a place of healthy uncertainty. So, while perhaps our coincidences derive their meaning largely due to our own desires and the stories we tell around them, our imaginative storytelling capacity, in the end, does give them the meaning we ultimately require. This book is brief but very deep, and well worth the read.

- Theodore Richards, author of The Great Re-Imagining

Like all great New England writers, Eric Lehman knows that existence is saturated with meaning, and that our lives can be read as a sublime narrative, albeit one where the proper interpretation can allude us. Along the way, however, he invites us to illuminate our story telling in the gentle glow of coincidence, finding a significance in our own stories just beneath the surface.

- Ed Simon, author of America and Other Fictions