Biography in its Time: 6th Annual Leon Levy Conference

MAR 19, 2014 | 1:00 PM TO 6:30 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


1201: Elebash Recital Hall


March 19, 2014: 1:00 PM-6:30 PM




Leon Levy Center for Biography


Biography in its Time: 6th Annual Leon Levy Biography Conference

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1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Telling Musical Lives
Gary Giddins (Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams, Celebrating Bird), moderator. Thomas Brothers (Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism), Paul de Barros (Shall We Play That One Together?: The Life and Art of Jazz Piano Legend Marian McPartland), Robert Hilburn (Johnny Cash: The Life).

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Biography and Literary Theory
Elisabeth Sifton (No Ordinary Men), moderator. Evelyn Barish (The Double Life of Paul de Man), Caryl Emerson (Mikhail Bakhtin: Creation of a Prosaics).

4 p.m. - 5 p.m. American Writers: The Fragility of Fame
Jay Parini (One Matchless Time: A Life of William Faulkner), moderator. Hans Bak (The Long Voyage: Selected Letters of Malcolm Cowley, 1915-1987), Susan Cheever (E.E. Cummings: A Poet's Life), Dorothy Gallagher (Lillian Hellman: An Imperious Life).

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Biographers and History
Simon Winchester (The Men Who United the States), moderator. David Nasaw (The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy), Amanda Vaill (Hotel Florida: Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War), Brenda Wineapple (Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877).