Pancho Villa and his Train Master

By Robin Loving Rowland

Distinguished scholar Phillip Herring had no idea when he met his future wife, Lydia, that her grandfather knew Pancho Villa. When he found out, his genealogical research of Benjamin Braham produced a big surprise! Discover what at Rotary, Tuesday, November 19 at 12:30pm at Hotel Real de Minas at the Ancha de San Antonio at Stirling Dickenson when Herring presents Pancho Villa and his Train Master.

Rotary Club Presentation
Pancho Villa and his Train Master
Tue, Nov 19, 12:30pm
Hotel Real de Minas
Ancha de San Antonio at Stirling Dickinson

It had been thought for decades that Braham had abandoned his family in San Luis Potosí during the Mexican Revolution, or had been taken off a train and killed by Pancho Villa, as were many others. What really happened to him nobody could have guessed.

Herring was raised in Austin, Texas, and received his B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. He taught at the University of Virginia and was a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for about 30 years.

He is the author or editor of three books on James Joyce, including Joyce’s Uncertainty Principle, which was published by Princeton. He is also the biographer of the American writer Djuna Barnes, and the co-editor of her poetry.

Herring now lives in San Miguel de Allende with Lydia, who is from San Luis Potosí.

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