Former Professor Explores Concept of Universal Imagination in New Book

Through his plays and life experiences, author Tom Anselmo traces the evolution of someone’s most important faculty, the moral imagination, in a new book released by Dog Ear Publishing. In its achievement, he describes how people can experience a heightened sensibility and an acute sense of judgment.

New York, NY, December 28, 2015 --( “An Afterword: In Pursuit of One’s Character: The Moral Imagination” – part memoir, part philosophical discussion, part literary analysis – explores the nature and process of gaining insight. Referring to characters and scenes from his own childhood and adulthood, Anselmo describes how crossing the threshold of such insight can be transformative.

Running throughout “An Afterword” is what Anselmo calls a narrative of discovery. As the idea of the moral imagination crystallized, he experienced a visceral pull to the memories of his boyhood. The concepts of Anselmo’s latest volume are illuminated through interweaving this analytic exploration and personal narrative.

“An Afterword” complements Anselmo’s two volumes of plays, “Gail’s Place” and “Three 1-Act Plays.” Reviewers state Anselmo “addresses issues all people face,” Wendall Sexton, Roundtable Reviews; “shows, not tells how to connect with your being’s center,” Ernest Dempsey, Book Pleasures; and are “an intriguing way to explore ambiguity in relationships,” Elizabeth Roth, River Walk Journal.

The author, a retired professor of English composition at NYC Tech at City University of New York, is a full-time writer. Anselmo also served as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, helping staff develop editorial skills. He designed educational games and has written scholarly articles related to teaching. He co-wrote the textbook “Thinking and Writing in College.”

The Stuyvesant High School graduate enlisted in the Army and served with travel author Arthur Frommer, who became one of the young man’s mentors. He attended City College of New York and was a junior high school teacher in Queens, New York, before becoming a faculty member of NYC Tech. Anselmo and his wife, Leslie, live in New York City.

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An Afterword: In Pursuit of One’s Character: The Moral Imagination
Tom Anselmo
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4575-3807-0 84 pages $10.75 US

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