P&P Live! Phillip Lopate — THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE AMERICAN ESSAY - with Robert Boyers

Upcoming Event
Monday, April 12, 2021 - 6:00pm

This event is presented in partnership with our friends at the Washington Literacy Center.

The three decades that followed World War II were an exceptionally fertile period for American essays. The explosion of journals and magazines, the rise of public intellectuals, and breakthroughs in the arts inspired a flowering of literary culture. At the same time, the many problems that confronted mid-century America—racism, sexism, nuclear threat, war, poverty, and environmental degradation among them—proved fruitful topics for America's best minds. In The Golden Age of the American Essay, Phillip Lopate assembles a dazzling array of famous writers, critics, sociologists, theologians, historians, activists, theorists, humorists, poets, and novelists.

Here are writers like James Agee, E. B. White, A. J. Liebling, Randall Jarrell, and Mary McCarthy, pivoting from the comic indignities of daily life to world peace, consumerism, and restaurants in Paris. Here is Norman Mailer on Jackie Kennedy, Vladimir Nabokov on Lolita, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail," and Richard Hofstadter's "The Paranoid Style in American Politics." Here are Gore Vidal, Rachel Carson, James Baldwin, Susan Sontag, John Updike, Joan Didion, and many more, in a treasury of brilliant writing that has stood the test of time.

Lopate will be in conversation with Robert Boyers, professor of English at Skidmore College, editor of Salmagundi, and the director of the New York State Summer Writers Institute.

*Following the event, Politics and Prose is also offering a multi-session online class using this book titled "Show & Tell: Phillip Lopate and the Glorious American Essay". One class session will even be visited by Lopate himself for a Q&A session with all participants!

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Washington, DC 20008
Non Fiction
The Golden Age of the American Essay: 1945-1970 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525567332
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Published: Anchor - April 6th, 2021

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