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Martha Cook to address "Evasive Idealism: Ellen Glasgow and Virginia"

September 17, 2008

Martha Cook

Dr. Martha Cook, professor of English at Longwood University, will address "Evasive Idealism:  Ellen Glasgow and Virginia" on Thursday, October 2, at 3:30 p.m. in Longwood’s Greenwood Library. The lecture is part of a series of events related to the Greenwood Library’s archival and special collections. Following the presentation refreshments will be served in the Library’s Special Collections Room.    

Ellen Glasgow was a Richmond native and popular early 20th Century Virginia author. Beginning in 1897, Glasgow wrote 20 novels and many short stories, mainly about life in Virginia. In her lecture, Dr. Cook will give an overview of Glasgow’s life in Virginia and discuss Glasgow’s characters that develop the theme she called "evasive idealism," particularly in her novels Virginia (1913) and The Romantic Comedians (1926), whose main character is based on Henry Anderson, a native of Farmville. She will also discuss Glasgow’s The Sheltered Life (1932), which most critics believe should have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize.  Glasgow earned a Pulitzer Prize for In This Our Life (1941).