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LITERATURE LECTURES 2019

                  

Condé Nast: The Man and His Empire with Susan Ronald

Monday, September 9th AT THE GENERAL SOCIETY LIBRARY

The program starts at 6:30 P.M.  – Q&A, BOOK-SIGNING & RECEPTION TO FOLLOW

Critically acclaimed biographer, Susan Ronald will discuss her biography of Condé Nast, the publishing legend of Vogue and Vanity Fairand other illustrious publications.

Condé Nast moved to New York in the early twentieth century with just the shirt on his back, he soon became the highest paid executive in the United States, acquiring Vogue in 1909 and Vanity Fair in 1913. Alongside his editors, he built the first-ever international magazine empire, introducing European modern art, style, and fashions to an American audience.

Credited with creating the “café society,” Nast became a permanent fixture on the international fashion scene and a major figure in New York society. His superbly appointed apartment on Park Avenue, became a gathering place for the major artistic figures of the time. Nast launched the careers of icons like Cecil Beaton, Clare Boothe Luce, Lee Miller, Dorothy Parker and Noel Coward. He left behind a legacy that endures today in media powerhouses such as Anna Wintour, Tina Brown, and Graydon Carter.

Written with the cooperation of his family on both sides of the Atlantic and a dedicated team at Condé Nast Publications, biographer Susan Ronald will reveal the life of an extraordinary American success story.  Born and raised in the United States, Ms. Ronald has lived in England for more than twenty-five years. She is the author of A Dangerous WomanHitler’s Art ThiefHeretic Queen, The Pirate Queen, and Shakespeare’s Daughter.

  The General Society Library,  20 WEST 44thStreet  (BETWEEN 5THAND 6thAVENUES), New York City

Free Admission. Book-Signing and Reception to follow.  To Register, please click here

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

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On April 2nd, Julie Dobrow, at 6.30 p.m., will speak about the fascinating lives of Mabel Loomis Todd, Emily Dickinson’s first editor, and her daughter Millicent Todd Bingham in Born Too Soon, Born Too Late, presented in partnership with the Victorian Society. To register, please click here.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.