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Date published: 4/7/2013

Two men who made a lasting impact on the worlds in which they lived--and beyond--are highlighted in this week's University of Mary Washington "Great Lives" series.

On Tuesday, April 9, writer and biographer Susan Cheever will discuss Bill Wilson, from her biography "My Name is Bill--His Life and the Creation of Alcoholics Anonymous." As the title indicates, "Bill W" was co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, an organization dedicated to helping people with drinking problems to achieve--and maintain--sobriety.

And on Thursday, April 11, Paul Hendrickson of the University of Pennsylvania will talk about one of America's most famous 20th-century writers, a man who lived large and had more than a few drinks himself: Ernest Hemingway. Mr. Hendrickson is author of "Hemingway's Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost." James Salter, in his review of the book in The New York Review of Books, called the book, which focuses on the author's life between 1934-1961, "rich and enthralling."

All lectures are open to the public free of charge and begin at 7 p.m. in Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall. For further information, call the Events Information Line at 540/ 654-1065 or visit umw.edu/greatlives.