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UVA Club of Kansas City: Book Club

October 8, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Gentleman’s Agreement by Laura Hobson, Cornell class of 1921 As described by Cornell Alumni Magazine: “While the 1947 movie version, starring Gregory Peck, is arguably better remembered than the novel–it won three Oscars, including Best Picture–the book was both a runaway bestseller and a critical darling when it was published that same year. The plot concerns a journalist who, tasked to do a series of magazine stories on anti-Semitism, decides to experience it firsthand by pretending to be Jewish. ‘Abrupt as anger, depression plunged through him,’ Hobson writes in the book’s opening lines. ‘It was one hell of an assignment.’ ” (Cornell Alumni Magazine July/August 2015 page 40.)

“The plot of GENTLEMAN’S AGREEMENT concerns the experiences of a young Gentile writer who poses as a Jew in order to secure material on anti-Semitism for a series of magazine articles. A thesis novel concerning the social and economic aspects of anti-Semitism in American life. Timely when issued in 1947 – timely today. Number 1 position on the New York Times Best Seller List for five straight months in 1947. Film version chosen as Best Picture of the Year by the New York Film Critics Circle. ‘If a masterful work of art is one which probes deep into the consciousness of the beholder to create a lasting impression and to forge and refine the higher human impulses, then GENTLEMAN’S AGREEMENT deserves such a description. It is a rare combination of absorbing story and statement of a current problem.’


October 8, 2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Jake Pittman


The Lustig Residence
8935 Linden Lane
Prairie Village, KS 66207 United States
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