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Marilyn Jaye Lewis lecture at The Last Tuesday SocietyLatest News ->

Thurs 20 Oct, 2011.

SomethingDark 02’s literature writer, Marilyn Jaye Lewis, will be giving a lecture in London on Friday 21 October at The Last Tuesday Society. Marilyn will be reading from and speaking on issues related to her latest book, Twilight of the Immortal, which, as a historical novel, was new territory for her.

Twilight of the Immortal is an extensively researched novel about Hollywood in the Silent Era, with a predominant focus on the gays, lesbians and bisexuals who not only worked in Hollywood movies at that time, but who also thrived in them. The main characters in the novel actually lived – for instance, Alla Nazimova and Rudolph Valentino, to name two legendary icons – but their stories are told through their interactions with fictional characters. The story spans the years 1916 to 1927.

Marilyn will do selected readings from the book, interspersed with discussions about the artistic genius and creative ingenuity of the artists of those times and of how their talents came to be trivialised – if not outright forgotten – over time. She will also discuss the scandals, trends and overall culture of that era in Hollywood, as well as the resurgence of interest in Silent Films that is reemerging in the culture today and why that era deserves to be celebrated and even honoured.

Marilyn will conclude her address by taking questions from the audience, and by the evening’s end she hopes that she will have imparted some of her inherent love for the art form and the era, and with luck plant seeds of a new understanding of how truly modern the Silent Era actually was.

Full details of Marilyn’s lecture can be found on the The Last Tuesday Society’s website, and extensive information on Marilyn and her career are presented in her SDk profile in our Contributor Directory. Marilyn has joined the SDk team and is our US-based assistant editor.

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