Wilton Reads with Judson Scruton: Hart Crane’s Journey Through and Over The Roaring 20s

Wilton Library will host an four-week online literature seminar during which Judson Scruton will use Hart Crane's epic masterwork The Bridge as a vehicle for examining the inter-relationships between Crane's poetry and the arts and culture of the 1920s. Poetry packet will be emailed in advance. The program will begin Thursday, Oct. from 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

There is no charge for the program. Advance online registration is required in order to receive the readings and the Zoom session invitation links. By registering for the first session, you will automatically be registered for all four sessions. Please email Michael Bellacosa with any questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Crane’s lyrical epic was written between 1923-1929 and first published in Paris in 1930. Crane's work was significantly influenced by and in reaction to the many of the Modernist artists of the 1920s. In closely examining Crane’s major work we will see and hear contemporary reference points in the poetry, paintings, photography and music of this turbulent era. Among the reference points considered are T.S. Eliot’s “The Wasteland,” Maurice Ravel’s “Bolero,” Joseph Stella’s mural of New York City, Wallace Stevens's “Sunday Morning,” photographs by Alfred Stieglitz and Walker Evans, trumpet riffs by Louis Armstrong and, in connection with our Wilton Reads 2020 theme, F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tales of the Jazz Age. Harold Bloom has called "Brooklyn Bridge," Crane’s supreme fiction, “not as a god or daemon is but as it might be, a bridge to Atlantis, to Walt Whitman, to a desired America."
Judson Scruton M.A (The Johns Hopkins University, The Writing Seminars, specializing in poetry) has taught creative writing and literature at prep schools and universities. In his career as an educator Judson has also directed publications, communications, public relations, and development at a variety of educational institutions in the U.S. and U.K. including the Newberry Library in Chicago.


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