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March 13, 2013

Local Author Claire McMillan to Speak at Lake Erie College

(Painesville, Ohio) – Lake Erie College will host local author Claire McMillan as she speaks about her novel "Gilded Age,” inspired by Edith Wharton’s "House of Mirth,” on Wednesday, March 13 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. in the Coe Conference Room in the Arthur S. Holden Center. McMillan’s lecture, titled "Cleveland and the New Millenium Gilded Age,” talks about Wharton’s life, Cleveland, obsession, societal constraint and Gilded Ages both old and new.

Considered a "hard-edged look at the vacuous, insipid elite of modern-day Cleveland "Gilded Age” tells the story of Ellie Hart, who returns home after rehab and divorce, quickly falling into her old ways, searching for a wealthy husband and encountering alienating women.

Hart becomes involved with a man named William Selden who seems to align with her life better than her shallow friends. Her divorce settlement disappears in a scheme, causing Selden to disappear because of her wild ways, causing her desperation to lead her to the comforts of his "enfolding luxury.”

During her time on campus, McMillan will also be visiting with the Learning Communities students and an American literature class, taught by Assistant Professor of English and Communications Dr. Jennifer Swartz.

McMillan grew up in Pasadena, Calif. and practiced law until 2003. She holds a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from Bennington College.

The lecture is free and open to the community. Boxed lunches will be available, although an RSVP is required to Swartz at by March 11, given limited availability.


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