The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty Launch Event

Saturday Apr 08 2017   5:00 PM
Berkeley Library North Branch  1170 The Alameda, Berkeley, CA  map

Join Richard Schwartz for the launch of his new book, The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty at the Berkeley Library North Branch!  The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty chronicles the life of Actor M. B. Curtis, who had achieved overnight success in Sam’l of Posen, a groundbreaking play that transcended the common stereotypes of Jewish characters current at the time, and who funded the lighting of the the Statue of Liberty. Actor, producer, real estate developer, promoter, hotelier, benefactor, and murder suspect, Curtis reached the highs of celebrity and fame as well as the lows of failure, illness, and a faltering career. The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty rescues his story from the dusty archives of forgotten history and reexamines an actor whose creativity and cultural influence still resonate today.

Learn more about Richard’s inspiration for the book and the life of M. B. Curtis at the launch event! Free and open to the public.

Richard SchwartzRichard Schwartz is a historian and the author of Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley; Earthquake Exodus, 1906; Berkeley 1900; and The Circle of Stones. An outdoor enthusiast and animal lover, he worked on a Pennsylvania Dutch farm before heading west to find higher mountains. He now lives in Berkeley, California, where he works as a building contractor and documents early Native American sites in the Bay Area. Visit his website at