Dr. Martha Cook to speak about Ellen Glasgow

On Thursday, October 2, at 3:30 pm, Greenwood Library will host an event in a series of ongoing lectures related to its archival and special collections. This event will feature Dr. Martha Cook, professor of English at Longwood University, who will speak on the popular early 20th Century Virginia author Ellen Glasgow who was a native of Richmond. Beginning in 1897, Glasgow wrote twenty novels and many short stories, mainly about life in Virginia.

The title of Dr. Cook’s presentation is Evasive Idealism: Ellen Glasgow and Virginia. Dr. Cook will give an overview of Glasgow’s life in Virginia and then discuss Glasgow’s characters that develop this theme she called “evasive idealism,” particularly in the novel entitled Virginia (1913), in The Romantic Comedians (1926), whose main character is based on Henry Anderson, a native of Farmville, and in The Sheltered Life (1932), which most critics believe should have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize. She later received that recognition for In This Our Life (1941). Following the presentation refreshments will be served in the Library’s Special Collections Room.

Books in the Greenwood Library by Ellen Glasgow

Date: Thursday, October 2, 2008
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: Atrium of the Greenwood Library