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 from 1 to 2 p.m. Jan. 9, on the influence that the period leading up to World War I had on Willa Cather and her fiction. The event will take place at the Greenwich Historical Society Vanderbilt Education Center 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob.
Quintessentially American author 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 changed Cather’s approach to writing.
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,
Admission is $10 for historical society members and $15 for nonmembers For reservations, visit www.greenwichhistory.org