Biographer Natalie Robins on
The Life of Diana Trilling
Tuesday, December 19
Diana Trilling (1905-1996) was a member of a remarkable group that came to be called “The New York Intellectuals.” The biography The Untold Journey: The Life of Diana Trilling (Columbia University Press) tells the life of Trilling, an imperious former Trotskyist and witty anti-communist liberal who interacted with figures from Lillian Hellman to Norman Mailer. She was a feminist but thought that women’s liberation created unnecessary friction with men.
Diana and her husband Lionel Trilling were among the most famous intellectual couples in America. Her life with him was filled with secrets, struggles and betrayals; she endured what she called her “own private hell.” Biographer Natalie Robins is author of four books of poetry and five non-fiction books. She will read from and discuss her book and will be interviewed by Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, writer and former daily book critic of The New York Times.
Credit for photo: Andrea Rabinovitch
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