The Great War in Literature Reading & Discussion Series

Novel History: The Great War in Literature

Reading and Discussion Series
East Lyme Public Library & Smith-Harris House
February — May (specific dates listed below), 7 pm, Free!

Join the Smith-Harris House and the East Lyme Public Library as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of America’s participation in the Great War. We’ll take a detailed, chronological look at how the Great War has been portrayed in American literature, and how these books both represented current historical scholarship and impacted the literary landscape. Meet guest lecturers, and participate in discussions about great books. Free, with refreshments provided. All dates are Mondays, at 7:00 pm in the Library’s East Lyme Room.

February 26 (snow date March 5)– One of Ours (1922) by Willa Cather. One of Ours, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1922, portrays the blighting effects of twentieth-century progress on a free spirit from the American frontier. Claude Wheeler, its hero, is an imaginative, restless young man who leaves his claustrophobic small town to become a soldier in France during World War I. The Old World shows him culture, art, generosity, and appreciation, and also the horror, waste, and tragedy of war.

Upcoming books and dates

  • March 26: The Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks
  • April 30: A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
  • May 21: A Star for Mrs. Blake, by April Smith

To register, stop by in person or call the library at (860)739-6926. The library will carry multiple copies of the books; however, a library card is necessary for checkout.