Tuesdays with Morrie: Summary & Timeline

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Instructor: Rachel Noorda
'Tuesdays with Morrie' by Mitch Albom is a memoir based on conversations between Mitch Albom and Morrie Schwartz. This lesson summarizes the story behind 'Tuesdays with Morrie' and includes a timeline of the events associated with the book.

Tuesdays With Morrie

Tuesdays With Morrie is a memoir by Mitch Albom, published by Doubleday in 1997. It's based on a series of conversations between a dying professor, Morrie Schwartz, and the author, Mitch Albom.

In terms of its literary genre, Tuesdays With Morrie is memoir because it recounts real-life events from the perspective of one of the people experiencing those events, Mitch Albom, a sports journalist for The Detroit Free Press. Mitch attended and graduated from Brandeis University in the 1970s, where Morrie Schwartz was a sociology professor. Morrie Schwartz was Mitch's favorite teacher, but after he graduated they lost contact.

One night, Mitch sees his old professor being interviewed on Nightline, a late-night television show. Mitch gets in touch with Morrie Schwartz and they start meeting up on Tuesdays to talk about life.

Morrie Schwartz

Morrie Schwartz appeared on Nightline because he was dying of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a disease that stops the neurons and muscles from working properly. As a result, Morrie's arms, legs, and eventually even his tongue and throat muscles stop functioning. Morrie wanted to be interviewed on Nightline so that he could share some of his thoughts about life and death. This is also what Morrie and Mitch talk about during their weekly conversations.

Morrie did not see death as the end to love and relationships. In fact, he thought that love and relationships were central to living. During their conversations, Morrie and Mitch discussed belief, death, forgiveness, life, love, and trust, among other important topics. Morrie died in November of 1995, but the lessons that he taught Mitch changed Mitch's life and formed the basis of the memoir.

Tuesdays With Morrie: Timeline

Here's a timeline of the events related to Tuesdays With Morrie:

1916 - Morrie Schwartz is born.

1950s - Morrie Schwartz becomes a professor at Brandeis University.

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