Novels of the '20s

Explore American Novels of the '20s

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If you love discovering (or re-discovering) a book and sharing it with a friend, here’s a chance to do both by reading and discussing some iconic works of 1920s American literature. The postwar period was one of the most creative in the nation’s history, and nothing captured its excitement and diversity more than the works of groundbreaking writers like Ernest Hemingway and Willa Cather.

Join Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz, a lecturer in the English department at Georgetown University, in spirited lectures and informal discussions that focus on a quartet of significant novels that examine the social and cultural upheavals of life during the Jazz Age. Participants should read the first book prior to the first class on September 18. Sherry and cookies are available for refreshment.


Other upcoming programs

1922 - Literary Watershed

1922—A Literary Watershed
Evening Program
with Book Signing
Wed., Sept. 6 at 6:45 PM
In the opening days of 1922, Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, D.H. Lawrence, and E.M. Forster were caught off-balance as the emergence of modernism caused the literary ground to shift. Author Bill Goldstein draws on his new book, The World Broke in Two, to tell how these literary luminaries found their voice again.

Sylvia Plath

One Life: Sylvia Plath
Evening Program

Tues., Sept. 12 at 6:45 PM
Sylvia Plath was one of the most dynamic and admired writers of the 20th century. Curators of a new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, One Life: Sylvia Plath, present an overview and discuss Plath's struggle to understand her own self and to navigate the societal pressures placed on young women during the 1950s.


T.S. Eliot: Daring To Disturb the Universe
Evening Program with Reception

Thurs., Sept. 28 at 6:45 PM
September is a time to celebrate the birth of perhaps the greatest 20th-century poet, Thomas Stearns Eliot. To pay tribute to the author of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, author Daniel Stashower explores Eliot’s life and legacy, and actor Scott Sedar offers dramatic readings of his works. Afterward, we will raise a toast and perhaps even “dare to eat a peach.”

Armistead Maupin

Armistead Maupin: Tales of a Lifetime
Evening Program with Book Signing
Wed., Oct. 4 at 6:45 PM
Armistead Maupin, the groundbreaking author of the bestselling Tales of the City series, draws on his new book, Logical Family: a Memoir, as he traces his odyssey from the old South to freewheeling San Francisco. Hear him spin tales of the extraordinary individuals and situations that shaped him.


The Wits, Works, and Woes of Oscar Wilde
Evening Program with Reception
Mon., Oct. 16 at 6:45 PM
On the anniversary of playwright, poet, and novelist Oscar Wilde’s birthday, explore the complex man who declared that he put his talent into his writings and his genius into his life. Afterward, enjoy a slice of birthday cake and a glass of sherry and raise a toast to the man who wrote, “I think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.”

Eileen McGervey

Tea With a Bookseller: Previews of the Newest Mystery and Suspense Titles
Weekend Program
Sun., Oct. 22 at 4 PM
Washington is home to excellent local bookstores serving every kind of literary taste. In the first of a new monthly series in which local booksellers preview upcoming titles, Eileen McGervey, owner of One More Page Books in Arlington, investigates the newest crop of mystery and suspense titles. (Tea, sherry, and cookies round out each session.)

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