Duncan White

presents

Cold Warriors:
Writers Who Waged the Literary Cold War

in conversation with LAUREN KAMINSKY

This event includes a book signing

Date

Aug
27
Tuesday
August 27, 2019
7:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning journalist and academic DUNCAN WHITE—Assistant Director of Studies in History & Literature at Harvard University—for a discussion of his latest book, Cold Warriors: Writers Who Waged the Literary Cold War. He will be joined in conversation by LAUREN KAMINSKY, scholar of gender and the Soviet Union. This event is co-sponsored by Mass Humanities.

About Cold Warriors

During the Cold War, literature was both sword and noose. Novels, essays and poems could win the hearts and minds of those caught between the competing creeds of capitalism and communism. They could also lead to exile, imprisonment or execution if they offended those in power. The clandestine intelligence services of the United States, Britain and the Soviet Union had secret agents and vast propaganda networks devoted to literary warfare. But the battles were personal, too: friends turning on each other, lovers cleaved by political fissures, artists undermined by inadvertent complicities.

In Cold Warriors, Harvard University’s Duncan White vividly chronicles how this ferocious intellectual struggle was waged on both sides of the Iron Curtain. The book has at its heart five major writers—George Orwell, Stephen Spender, Mary McCarthy, Graham Greene and Andrei Sinyavsky—but the full cast includes a dazzling array of giants, among them Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, John le Carré, Richard Wright, Ernest Hemingway, Boris Pasternak, Gioconda Belli, Arthur Koestler, Vaclav Havel, Joan Didion, Isaac Babel, Howard Fast, Lillian Hellman, Mikhail Sholokhov —and scores more.

Spanning decades and continents and spectacularly meshing gripping narrative with perceptive literary detective work, Cold Warriors is a welcome reminder that, at a moment when ignorance is celebrated and reading seen as increasingly irrelevant, writers and books can change the world.

Praise for Cold Warriors

“Brilliant. . . a marvelous tapestry of postwar literature and politics. Now more than ever we need a book like this to remind us of the importance of writers and the written word.” —Kevin Birmingham, author of The Most Dangerous Book

Duncan White
Duncan White

Duncan White

Duncan White is a journalist and academic who combines his position as Assistant Director of Studies in History & Literature at Harvard University with his role as lead book reviewer for the Daily Telegraph. He is the author of Vladimir Nabokov: Late Modernism, the Cold War and the Literary Marketplace. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

Lauren Kaminsky
Lauren Kaminsky

Lauren Kaminsky

Lauren Kaminsky is a historian of gender and the Soviet Union who serves as the Director of Studies for the Committee on Degrees in History and Literature, a Lecturer on History and Literature, and a Faculty Associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University.

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Co-Sponsored by Mass Humanities

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Mass Humanities conducts and supports programs that use history, literature, philosophy, and the other humanities disciplines to enhance and improve civic life in Massachusetts. Learn more at masshumanities.org.

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