Professor Rosenthal will discuss his new biography, entitled Nicholas Miraculous: The Amazing Career of the Redoubtable Dr. Nicholas Murray Butler, and will respond to questions from the audience. The book explores Butler’s larger-than-life career and personality, from his dominant position as University President from 1902 to 1945, to his ambitions for leadership in the Republican Party, to his high-profile campaign for international education and arbitration—work for which he shared the 1931 Nobel Peace Prize. Rosenthal captures the complicated mixture of self-promotion, genuine talent and autocratic will that made Butler a national institution during his era, but a largely forgotten figure today. The book will be published this month by Farrar, Strauss and Giroux.
A book signing and a reception will follow the program from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Copies of Nicholas Miraculous will be available for sale. The Faculty Room is located on the first floor of Columbia University’s Low Memorial Library, 2950 Broadway at 116th Street.
Rosenthal serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies at Columbia and is a recipient of the Mark Van Doren award for Excellence in Teaching. He writes and teaches on British literature and culture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and is the author of a biography of Virginia Woolf and The Character Factory: Baden-Powell's Boy Scouts and the Imperatives of Empire.
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