Award-winning author James McGrath Morris will introduce his audience to his latest book titled The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, Dos Passos and Friendship Made and Lost in War. A Victorian tea will follow.
On a summer day in 1924, Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos sat in a Paris café sharing literary aspirations. The two writers had first met on the European battlefields of WW I while volunteering as ambulance drivers. Eight years later, the war was still on their minds as they discussed the inadequacy of old writing styles to describe the conflicts that had shaped their generation. At that Paris café, the two plotted a literary revolution.
From the corpse-filled Italian trenches to the tropical waters of Key West, Morris follows the turbulent friendship of two authors who, after being marked by the same war, reached very different conclusions. While Hemingway believed that literature should be a perfect representation of an imperfect world, Dos Passos wanted his writing to change the world. Both became voices of the Lost Generation.
Morris is the author of biographies and narrative nonfiction. His books include the New York Times bestselling Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, The First Lady of the Black Press, which was awarded the Benjamin Hooks National Book Prize, and Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power, which the Wall Street Journal deemed as one of the five best books on American moguls. Several years ago, Morris introduced the book to a Ventfort Hall audience. His The Rose Man of Sing Sing was a Washington Post Best Book of the Year. He has also written extensively for newspapers and magazines. Now a resident of Santa Fe, New Mexico, he is also a native of Lenox, MA.
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