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Another Look: Dorothy Strachey’s Olivia

EVT 630
Oct 13
5:00—6:30 pm (PT)
Online (Zoom)
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Click on "Get Tickets" below to register (Zoom link will be emailed shortly after). For questions, contact Cynthia Haven, clh@stanford.edu.
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The Another Look book club focuses on short classics that have been forgotten, neglected, or overlooked—or may simply not have received the attention they merit. The selected works are short, in order to encourage the involvement of Bay Area readers whose time may be limited. Subscription at anotherlook.stanford.edu is encouraged for regular updates and details on the selected books and events.

Dorothy Strachey’s Olivia

Join Another Look for a webinar discussion of Dorothy Strachey’s 1949 novel, Olivia. 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.

Following the discussion will be a Q&A session with the panelists.

Tobias Wolff
Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Professor of English, Emeritus, Stanford; Author; Founding Director, Another Look

Maria Florence Massucco
PhD Candidate in Italian Studies, Stanford

Robert Pogue Harrison
Rosina Pierotti Professor of Italian Literature, Stanford; Host of “Entitled Opinions” (KZSU Radio); Director, Another Look

This program is co-sponsored by Stanford Continuing Studies.
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