Vermont Humanities

Gilded Age: Then and Now

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Reading and Discussion

This series starts with the 1893 Columbian Exposition and continues through the Gilded Age. Portrayals of inventors, entrepreneurs, artists and lawyers include Henry James, Stanford White, Clarence Darrow, George Westinghouse, Thomas Edison, D.W. Griffiths and detective William Burns. Three novels and a narrative history illustrate that spectacular time period in ways that in turn illuminate our own era.

Books in this Series

  • The Lake on Fire by Rosellen Brown
  • American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, the Birth of Hollywood and the Crime of the Century by Howard Blum
  • Last Days of Night by Graham Moore
  • Maze of Windermere by Gregory Blake Smith

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Vermont Humanities*** April 22, 2019