November 14, 2023 @ 6:00 PM

The latest program in the “John Quinn Lecture Series,” a joint collaboration between the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library and the Heidelberg University English Department, will feature a joint in-person/virtual panel discussion on Tuesday, November 14 at 6:00 p.m. in the Frost Kalnow Room and live streamed via Zoom.

Creative writers and artists in the 1920s developed friendships that showed up in their work and defined their lives during important moments in world history. Guest panelist Kathleen Dixon Donnelly, Ph.D., will discuss John Quinn’s life with stories from her series, “Such Friends”:  The Literary 1920s” which features several Quinn associates such as William Butler Yeats, James Joyce, T.S. Eliot, and more. All four volumes of “Such Friends” offer unique, behind-the-scenes glimpses into the lives and friendships of creative people who defined the decade.

Quest panelist Kathleen Dixon Donnelly, Ph.D., has been involved in teaching and the creative process for over 40 years. Her dissertation, “Such Friends,” was on early 20th century writers’ salons, and her MBA thesis, Manager as Muse, was on Scribner’s editor Maxwell Perkins’ work with F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Thomas Wolfe. She recently retired as a Senior Lecturer at Birmingham [UK] City University to relocate to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

Heidelberg University’s Dr. Barry Devine will serve as the host for this event. Dr. Devine is a specialist in the works of James Joyce and Irish modernism and is a contributor to the new The Cambridge Centenary Ulysses, a 100th anniversary edition of Joyce’s novel.

Registration is required by visiting https://bit.ly/TSPLQuinnSuchFriends. This event will be recorded. Recordings of past events in the John Quinn Lecture Series can be found at t.ly/yDSu. For more information, please visit www.tiffinsenecalibrary.org or call 419-447-3751.

John Quinn was born in Tiffin, Ohio, in 1870. He grew to international fame as a lawyer and collector of literature and art. At the time of his death in 1924, Quinn had amassed the largest collection of modern art in the world. He was also famous for providing legal advice and services to many modernist authors including James Joyce, T. S. Eliot, and William Butler Yeats.