Anya Seton: A Writing Life
Zoom Lecture: September 22 at 7:00pm
Lucinda MacKethan, an acclaimed scholar of American literature and author of the newly published book Anya Seton: A Writing Life, will present an intimate look at Greenwich native Anya Seton’s creative process, how she balanced writing with raising three children and her conflicted relationship with reviewers. A compelling portrait emerges of a deeply dedicated writer whose life was full of inner turmoil.
In addition to masterpieces Katherine and The Winthrop Woman, Seton wrote eight other historical novels which are still widely beloved 60 years after their publication. Born in 1904, Seton was the daughter of celebrity writer Ernest Thompson and Grace Gallatin Seton, a leader in the women’s suffrage movement.
“My forte is story, and a peculiarly meticulous (fearful, yes) desire to weave historical fact into history. Make history come alive and as exciting as the past is to me.”– Anya Seton
Historical Society members: Free; non-members: $10
For more information and reservations to the Zoom lecture: https://greenwichhistory.org/anya-seton-a-writers-life-with-author-lucinda-mackethan/
Lucinda MacKethan is one of the nation’s foremost scholars in the literature of the American South. She is the author or editor of six books, including Daughters of Time: Creating Women’s Voice in Southern Story and the co-edited Companion to Southern Literature, which was named a “best reference work” by the American Library Association. She has served as chair of the North Carolina Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. She retired in 2008 after 37 years as director of the creative writing program and Alumni Distinguished Professor of English at North Carolina State University