Coming up: Diana Trilling at the National Arts Club

By Jane Ciabattari

National Book Critics Circle members are invited to this upcoming event on the life of Diana Trilling.

Tuesday, December 19   8:00pm   

Biographer Natalie Robins on The Life of Diana Trilling

Diana Trilling (1905-1996) was a member of a remarkable group that came to be called “The New York Intellectuals.”  The biography “The Untold Journey: The Life of Diana Trilling” (Columbia University Press) tells the life of Trilling, an imperious former Trotskyist and witty anti-communist liberal who interacted with figures from Lillian Hellman to Norman Mailer. She was a feminist but thought that women’s liberation created unnecessary friction with men.

Diana Trilling wrote a column “Fiction in Review” for The Nation. She penned articles for McCall’s and Vogue as well as highbrow journals such as The Partisan Review.

Diana and her husband Lionel Trilling were among the most famous intellectual couples in America.  Her life with him was filled with secrets, struggles and betrayals; she endured what she called her “own private hell.”  Biographer Natalie Robins is author of four books of poetry and five non-fiction books. She will read from and discuss her book and will be interviewed by Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, writer and former daily book critic of The New York Times.

Columbia faculty member, Edward Mendelson, who is Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Lionel Trilling Professor in the Humanities, will introduce the program. Cookies and punch to follow the program. 

Free event   

The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, New York

Business casual attire


No RSVP necessary.

If you have questions, you may contact or call 917 499 7010.