Buried in Rural Cemetery, Scofield Thayer has remained a somewhat shadowy figure in the history of modernism. While known as collector of modernist art, Thayer's greatest achievement would be the influential literary magazine, The Dial. Regarded as a titanic artistic and aesthetic achievement, The Dial published the greatest modernist writers, artists and critics of the 1920s.
Join James Dempsey as he discusses his new book The Tortured Life of Scofield Thayer, as he reveals a paradoxical man fraught with indecision, an insatiable appetite, and mental illness, and who would introduce modernism to America.
James Dempsey has spent more than 20 years in journalism. He has published The Court Poetry of Geoffrey Chaucer: A Facing-Page Translation in Modern English, and the novels: Zakary's Zombies: A Fairy Tale and Murphy's American Dream. He is currently an Instructor in the Arts and Humanities Department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
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