Talk: Ben Hecht: Fighting Words, Moving Pictures
April 2, 2019
Integrative Learning Center
UMass Amherst Campus
One of the greatest American screenwriters, Ben Hecht was a renaissance man of dazzling sorts—reporter, novelist, playwright, crusader for the imperiled Jews of Hitler’s Europe, and propagandist for pre-1948 Palestine’s Jewish terrorist underground. Whatever the outrage he stirred, this self-declared “child of the century” came to embody much that defined America—and especially Jewish America—in his time.
“Adina Hoffman’s superb [book]… loads Hecht’s staggering contradictions into a compact but abounding two hundred twenty pages… She writes with enormous flair.” David Denby, The New Yorker
Adina Hoffman is an award-winning essayist, biographer, and critic. The author of four books, including Till We Have Built Jerusalem: Architects of a New City and My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness: A Poet’s Life in the Palestinian Century, she lives in Jerusalem and New Haven.
This event is sponsored by the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies and co-sponsored by the Program in German and Scandinavian Studies and the Film Studies Program.
The Integrative Learning Center is located in the center of campus, between the campus pond and the Campus Center.