info@kingsplace.co.uk Tel 020 7520 1440

Maestros & Monsters: Sontag & Steiner

Jewish Literary Foundation presents Book Week 24

Tue 5 Mar
Words

Maestros & Monsters: Sontag & Steiner

Jewish Literary Foundation presents Book Week 24

Speaker Robert Boyers
Chair David Herman

Robert Boyers discusses his friends Susan Sontag and George Steiner, two of the most notable secular Jewish intellectuals of the last century, who shared a mutual dislike and mistrust.


Susan Sontag and George Steiner were two of the most notable secular Jewish intellectuals of the last century; the former an influential writer, activist and filmmaker, the latter a media commentator and New Yorker literary critic.

They disliked and mistrusted one another, meeting only on the few occasions where their mutual friend Robert Boyers brought them together, producing several wrenching and hilarious exchanges. The Salmagundi founder and editor joins David Herman with his insider’s account of the controversies that Sontag and Steiner generated, an effort to explain their extraordinary fame and influence, and their role in shaping the culture of the mid-and-late 20th century.

Buy a copy of Maestro & Monsters by Robert Boyers.

This event will last approximately 1 hour, without an interval.


Digital events will take place over Zoom, with an event link sent to bookers 24 hours in advance of the event and a reminder email 30 minutes before the event starts. Ticket holders for digital events will also be sent a link to a recording of the event, available to watch until the end of March.

Book Week 24 Digi-Pass gives access to all 16 online streaming events for £39.50.


About the speakers:

Robert Boyers founded Salmagundi, an international quarterly, in 1965 and continues to edit the journal, to teach at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, and to direct The New York State Summer Writers Institute. He is the author of hundreds of periodical essays and of a dozen books, including his 2019 book on the “culture wars.” The Tyranny of Virtue: Identity, The Academy & The Hunt for Political Heresies. He also edited and wrote the introduction for George Steiner at The New Yorker, a book that has been published in more than twenty languages.

David Herman was a TV producer for twenty years and for the past twenty years has worked as a freelance writer, writing more than a thousand articles, reviews and essays for The New Statesman, Prospect, The Guardian and a wide range of Jewish publications including The Jewish Chronicle, Jewish Renaissance and The Jewish Quarterly.

Date:Tue 5 Mar
Start time:12pm (Doors: 11.30am)
Venue:Online Event
Price:£5.00
+ 10% booking fee.

Booking Fees

A booking fee of 10% will be applied in your basket, with a maximum charge of £5.00 per transaction. Kings Place Friends are exempt from all booking fees.

Why do booking fees apply?
Booking fees (per order, not per ticket) covers our Box Office administrative costs so that Kings Place Music Foundation, the charity set up to run the music spaces at Kings Place, can continue to support our programme, artists and learning and participation work.

Availability:Tickets available
Book Week - £5 ‘Under 30s’ tickets available
A limited number of £5 tickets are available for attendees aged under 30. Please select the 'Under 30s' ticket option during the booking pathway (if the option is not there, this means all 'Under 30s' tickets have sold out). Please note that proof of ID may be requested at the venue.
Book Week 24 Digi-Pass
Book Week 24 Digi-Pass gives access to all 16 online streaming events for £39.50. Find out more here. 
Maestros & Monsters: Sontag & Steiner (Online streaming) Back to top
Book tickets