Join Stanford's Robert Pogue Harrison, Maria Florence Massucco, and Tobias Wolff for a webinar discussion of Dorothy Strachey’s 1949 novel, "Olivia." The event will take place 5-6:30 p.m. (PST) on Wednesday, October 13.
Stanford’s Prof. Robert Harrison, an acclaimed author and director of Another Look, will lead the discussion, joined by the eminent novelist Tobias Wolff, founding director of Another Look and a National Medal of Arts winner. Massucco, a PhD candidate in Italian Studies who specializes in the 20th century novel, will round out the panel.
André Gide called the short novel “a little masterpiece,” and we think you’ll agree. The story traces the intense emotional currents among the girls and teachers in a finishing school outside Paris. Olivia, a 16-year-old English girl, finds herself falling under the spell of the charismatic Mademoiselle Julie, a founder of the school. "The Times" (London) praised "Olivia"’s “strange combination of strength and delicacy” and the "Wall Street Journal" noted that the book is “extravagantly French in its sensibilities.”
Dorothy Strachey and her famous brother, the writer Lytton Strachey, were prominent in the Bloomsbury group. "Olivia" is her only novel.
Like all our events, this webinar is free and open to the public, but please register on the link.