Christoph Irmscher, Provost Professor of English and George F. Getz Jr. Professor in the Wells Scholars Program at IUB, will speak at CAHI about his most recent book, "Max Eastman: A Life." Please join us for a discussion and reception following the talk.
Max Eastman (1883–1969) was a prolific writer, radical, and public intellectual who helped shape the twentieth century. Considered one of the “hottest radicals” of his time, Eastman edited two of the most important modernist magazines, "The Masses" and "The Liberator," and campaigned for women’s suffrage and world peace. Set against the backdrop of several decades of political and ideological turmoil, and interweaving Eastman’s singular life with stories of the fascinating people he knew and loved, this book has broad interdisciplinary appeal in twentieth-century history and politics, intellectual history, and literary studies. While researching this biography, Irmscher was granted unprecedented access to the Eastman family archive.
Christoph Irmscher is the author of several books, on subjects ranging from natural history writing ("The Poetics of Natural History," 1999) to the life of the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ("Longfellow Redux," published in paperback in 2008, and "Public Poet, Private Man," 2009). His biography of the nineteenth-century scientist Louis Agassiz, "Louis Agassiz: Creator of American Science," was named Editor’s Choice of the New York Times Book Review in 2013. He has received several teaching awards, including the 2010 James Philip Holland Award for Exemplary Teaching and Service to Students, and is Director of the Wells Scholars Program.
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