Author Bill Goldstein in Conversation with Sybil Steinberg on “The World Broke in Two”

Thursday, Nov 16, 2017 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Author Bill Goldstein joins Publishers Weekly contributing editor and former book review section editor Sybil Steinberg for a discussion of Goldstein’s new book The World Broke in Two.

The World Broke in Two tells the story of the intellectual and personal journeys four legendary writers, Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, E. M. Forster, and D. H. Lawrence, made over the course of one pivotal year. As 1922 begins, all four are confronting an uncertain creative future despite success in the past. What these writers were struggling with that year was in fact the invention of modernism. Based on original research, The World Broke in Two captures both the literary breakthroughs and the intense personal dramas of these beloved writers as they strive for greatness.

“A fascinating and engrossing tale . . . This is Goldstein’s own personal triumph: he creates an original, moving and at times wryly amusing account of four literary demi-gods during the course of these few months that shaped a new direction in English literature, incorporating a wealth of detail which builds, layer upon layer, until the picture is satisfyingly complete.” —Times Literary Supplement

Bill Goldstein, the founding editor of the books site of The New York Times on the Web, reviews books and interviews authors for NBC's "Weekend Today in New York." He is also curator of public programs at Roosevelt House, the public policy institute of New York's Hunter College. He received a Ph.D in English from City University of New York Graduate Center in 2010, and is the recipient of writing fellowships at MacDowell, Yaddo, Ucross and elsewhere. 

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