This lecture by Lucinda MacKethan will examine autobiographical elements in Anya Seton’s fiction, especially as she cast interactions with her famous parents into the fictional lives of some of her important characters. Discussion will include five novels written between 1941 and 1972 that offer perhaps the most intriguing representations of her own evolving sense of self as a daughter, lover, wife, and mother.
Anya Seton’s father was Ernest Thompson Seton: author, wildlife artist, and founder of the Woodcraft Indians and Campfire Girls--precursors to the Boy and Girl Scouts of America. Her mother was Grace Gallatin Seton--author, suffragist, and WWI motor unit organizer.
MacKethan has been researching and publishing articles about the Setons for years, making extensive use of the Greenwich Historical Society archives, which houses a large collection of materials connected with the family. She is currently working on a full-length biography of Anya Seton, which also draws on information gathered from interviews with the author’s daughters and granddaughter.
Greenwich Historical Society, Vanderbilt Education Center, 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob, CT 06807
Members: $10; nonmembers $15
Reservations required. Visit http://www.greenwichhistory.org or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10