Professor Emeritus to discuss book on actor Humphrey Bogart during Writers-in-Residence event

October 14, 2016

As part of Flagler College’s Writers-in-Residence series, Professor Emeritus Dr. Constantine Santas will be discussing his recently published book, “The Essential Humphrey Bogart,” on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. in the Gamache-Koger Theater.

His book includes a brief biographical sketch of the 1930s movie star, as well as a plot analysis and leading historian critiques of Bogart’s most significant films, such as “The Petrified Forest,” “Casablanca,” “The Maltese Falcon,” “The Big Sleep” and “The African Queen.”

According to a review in The Huffington Post, “What makes the book such a great read is the fact that the author places each film within the political and social environment of the time, replete with details and facts that make for interesting myth and reality.”


Santas earned his bachelor’s degree at Knox College, his master’s at the University of Illinois at Urbana and his doctorate in American Literature at Northwestern University. He taught at Milwaukee Downer College, University of Illinois at Chicago and served as chairman of the English Department at Flagler College from 1971 to 2002, when he retired as Professor Emeritus. At Flagler he initiated a program of Film Studies in 1987, which continues today.


He has published literary and film articles and has authored translations of three ancient Greek plays, which were performed at the Flagler College Auditorium. He was a recipient of a Danforth Foundation Teacher Grant (1967-69) and was included in “Choice” as an Outstanding National Teacher in 1983. His publications include “Aristotelis Valaoritis,” “Responding to Film,” “The Epic in Film” and “The Epics of David Lean.” He is currently under contract to complete a portrait of Ingrid Bergman and her films.

The Writers-in-Residence event, which will also include a viewing of “Casablanca,” is free and open to the public. The Gamache-Koger Theater is located at 50 Sevilla Street. Call (904) 819-6339 or visit here for more information.