Lecture on famed author Willa Cather set for Jan. 9

On Jan. 9, get an up close and personal account of the quintessentially American author Willa Cather, who was a frequent guest at the Holley Boarding House, now known as the Bush-Holley Historic Site, home of the Greenwich Historical Society.

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 the influence that the period leading up to World War I had on Ms. Cather and her fiction.

Ms. 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 her life, it is also evident that the revolution of Modernist visual art changed Ms. Cather’s approach to writing. While her earlier work harked back to 19th Century writers and artists and her Nebraska roots, for a while after the Armory Show, Ms. Cather was unsure of how to incorporate the radical shift in aesthetics into her own writing.

Dr. Winters will explore these issues as well as the author’s interpretation of the Armory Show and how it altered her themes, process and style as evidenced in the publication of the novel One of Ours in 1922.

Dr. Winters has published Willa Cather: Landscape and Exile as well as articles about American literature and film, and edits the Willa Cather Series at Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.

The lecture will take place Jan. 9 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Greenwich Historical Society. Admission is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. For reservations, visit greenwichhistory.org or call 203-869-6899, ext. 10.

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