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In partnership with the Atlanta Biltmore Hotel and Aurum Jets, The Millennium Gate Museum is proud to present a lecture by Jonathan Rose, author of The Literary Churchill: Author, Reader, Actor.

In his book, The Literary Churchill: Author, Reader, Actor, Rose provides an expansive literary biography and analysis of Churchill’s writings and their reception (he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953 and was a best-selling author), and a chronicle of his dealings with publishers, editors, literary agents, and censors. The book also identifies an array of authors who shaped Churchill’s own writings and politics: George Bernard Shaw, H. G. Wells, Margaret Mitchell, George Orwell, Oscar Wilde, and many more. Rose investigates the effect of Churchill’s passion for theater on his approach to reportage, memoirs, and historical works. Perhaps most remarkably, Rose reveals the unmistakable influence of Churchill’s reading on every important episode of his public life, including his championship of social reform, plans for the Gallipoli invasion, command during the Blitz, crusade for Zionism, and efforts to prevent a nuclear arms race. In a fascinating conclusion, Rose traces the significance of Churchill’s writings to later generations of politicians, among them President John F. Kennedy as he struggled to extricate the U.S. from the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Sir Winston Churchill stayed at the Biltmore Hotel when he visited Atlanta in 1932 with his eldest daughter, Diana, as part of a lecture tour. During his three day stay he lectured at the old Wesley Memorial Chapel and spoke at a ROTC Parade on Grant Field at Georgia Tech.

Date: January 18th
Time: 5:00pm
Location: Biltmore Hotel, Imperial Ballroom, 817 West Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30308
Parking: Free Parking at the Biltmore Hotel parking deck

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