Event—Public Programming

Is He Hitler? How the Geopolitical Became Personal in the 1930s

When Sinclair Lewis threatened to divorce Dorothy Thompson in the mid-1930s, it was only half in jest that he said he would name Hitler as co-respondent. This is a talk about the slippage between world events and inner lives in an era when dictators were rising all over Europe. My subjects are a set of reporters – friends and rivals – who were the most famous foreign correspondents of their day. What were intimate relationships, they came to ask, but geopolitics writ small?