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Willa Cather Slept Here, A Lecture on Willa Cather by Dr. Laura Winters at Greenwich Historical Society

By Greenwich Historical Society

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Cos Cob, CT - Quintessentially American author Willa Cather was a frequent guest at the Holley Boarding House, now Bush-Holley Historic Site, home of the Greenwich Historical Society. Cather famously suggested that, "The world broke in two in 1922 or thereabouts." While this radical statement related to the destruction and suffering wrought by WWI as well as to significant changes in Cather's life, it is also evident that the revolution of Modernist visual art (as exemplified in the 1913 Armory Show) changed Cather's approach to writing. In conjunction with the Greenwich Historical Society's exhibition The New Spirit and the Cos Cob Art Colony: Before and After the Armory Show, lecturer Laura Winters will give a one-hour presentation on January 9, 2014, on the influence that the period leading up to World War I had on Cather and her fiction.

While her earlier work harked back to 19th century writers and artists and her Nebraska roots, for a while after the Armory Show, Cather was unsure how to incorporate the radical shift in aesthetics into her own writing. Lecturer Laura Winters will also explore the author's interpretation of the Armory Show and how it altered Cather's themes, process and style as evidenced in the publication of the novel One of Ours in 1922.

Dr. Laura Winters has taught literature, writing and film for over 30 years at The College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, New Jersey, and has taught for over 20 years in the graduate school at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. She has published Willa Cather: Landscape and Exile as well as articles about American literature and film, and edits the Willa Cather Series at FDU (Fairleigh Dickinson University) Press.

Thursday January 9, 2014
1:00 to 2:00 pm
Greenwich Historical Society, Vanderbilt Education Center
39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob, CT 06807
Admission: $10 for members; $15 for nonmembers
For reservations, visit www.greenwichhistory.org or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10.

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