The First World War in Fiction- All Quiet on the Western Front- A Discussion with Dr. Mark Schenker

The First World War in fiction, provides a range of insights into the event that changed the political and cultural landscapes of western world. At the Oliver Wolcott Library on Sunday, August 24 from 1:00- 2:00 p.m.
LITCHFIELD, Conn. - Aug. 8, 2014 - PRLog -- This is the second in a four part series featuring the First World War in fiction to be held on the fourth Sunday of each month from July to October.  Taken together, the novels provide a range of insights- from American, German and British authors- into an event that claimed more than nine million lives and changed forever the political and cultural landscapes of the Western World.

   Published in 1929, All Quiet on the Western Front describes the German soldiers’ extreme physical and mental stress during the war, and the detachment from civilian life felt by many of these soldiers upon returning home from the front.

   Mark J. Schenker is the Senior Associate Dean of Yale College, Dean of Academic Affairs and a lecturer in English at Yale.  He earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University in English and Comparative Literature.  He lectures frequently on literary topics, and enjoys making literature accessible and enjoyable.  In 2001, the Connecticut Humanities Council presented him with the Wilber Cross Award for Outstanding Humanities Scholar.

   Books are available to borrow one month prior to each discussion.  Light refreshments will be served.  All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.  Space is limited.  Registration is required and can be done by calling 860-567-8030 or logging onto and clicking on Programs/Adult Programs.

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