Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The front cover of my book, Dinner in Camelot: The Night America’s Greatest Scientists, Writers, and Scholars Partied at the Kennedy White House, is finished and available everywhere for preorder.  The book is being published by the Fore Edge imprint of the University Press of New England on April 3, 2018.

Dinner in Camelot focuses on the dinner that President and Mrs. Kennedy hosted for Nobel Prize winners and other American intellectuals in April 1962.  The dinner reflected a “who’s who” of American scientists, writers and scholars at mid-century.  Their interaction had important historical implications.  And it has a message for today.

Among those present were John and Jackie Kennedy, Robert and Ethel Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Linus Pauling, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Robert Frost, Pearl Buck, James Baldwin, Rose and William Styron, John Dos Passos, Katherine Anne Porter, John Glenn, Diana and Lionel Trilling, Mary Welsh Hemingway, Frederic March, future Canadian prime minister Lester Pearson, and many more.

It was the dinner where President Kennedy said, “I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”

Writer, poet and activist Rose Styron has written the foreword.  She and her husband attended the dinner and are highlighted in the book.  William Styron wrote The Confessions of Nat Turner and Sophie’s Choice.

More, including early blurbs, at:  www.JosephAEsposito.com

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