One Week in America: The 1968 Notre Dame Literary Festival and a Changing Nation (Hardcover)

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“Masterfully researched and beautifully written, One Week in America is . . . an important piece of history full of larger-than-life characters and unlikely heroes.” —Jonathan Eig, author of Ali: A Life 

The major players in this story are names that just about every American has heard of: Ralph Ellison, Martin Luther King Jr., Norman Mailer, Lyndon B. Johnson, Joseph Heller, Kurt Vonnegut, William F. Buckley Jr.

For one chaotic week in 1968, college students, talented authors, and presidential candidates grappled with major events. The result was one of the most historic literary festivals of the twentieth century

One Week in America is a day-by-day narrative of the 1968 Notre Dame Sophomore Literary Festival and the national events that grabbed the spotlight that April week.

On one particular week, sixties politics and literature came together on campus.

About the Author


Patrick Parr is the author of The Seminarian: Martin Luther King Jr. Comes of Age, and a history columnist for Japan Today. Other work has appeared in The Atlantic, Politico, American History Magazine, and the Boston Globe. In 2014 he was awarded an Artist Trust Fellowship for his literary career.

Praise For…


“Masterfully researched and beautifully written, One Week in America is . . . an important piece of history full of larger-than-life characters and unlikely heroes.” —Jonathan Eig, author of Ali: A Life 

“Patrick Parr perfectly captures a unique moment in American history, when a motley group of college kids convinced America’s leading literary lights to come together for one memorable week in 1968. You’ll wonder if it really happened, but it did, and One Week in America rescues this incredible story from obscurity.” —Matthew Algeo, author of All This Marvelous Potential: Robert Kennedy’s 1968 Tour of Appalachia

“Completely absorbing, One Week in America deftly illuminates one of the most consequential weeks in our history through cinematic storytelling that feels as much viewed as read. This is the way the best stories resonate, they leave us trembling as if we were actual witnesses to the original events and had merely forgotten we were present.” —W. Jason Miller, author of Origins of the Dream: Hughes’s Poetry and King’s Rhetoric  
 


Product Details
ISBN: 9781641601788
ISBN-10: 1641601787
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Publication Date: March 2nd, 2021
Pages: 288
Language: English