Lecture and Film Screening

Saturday, September 25: Lecture by author Robert K. Elder, and screening of 1955 short film Moby-Dick, 4 pm


Award-winning author Robert K. Elder discusses discuss his latest book, Gilbert Wilson’s Moby-Dick, a decades-in-the-making illustrated edition of Herman Melville’s masterpiece. During his lifetime, artist Gilbert Wilson (1907-1991) lived in relative obscurity. Despite a critical splash in the 1930s, Wilson sacrificed financial security for artistic freedom creating more than 200 paintings and drawings inspired by Moby-Dick.  In 2019, Elder edited and published an illustrated version of the book utilizing Wilson’s work. 

Wilson’s Moby-Dick art was also the basis for Jerry Winter’s 1955 short film of the same name. The film is narrated by actor Thomas Mitchell (most famous as Scarlett O’Hara’s father in Gone with the Wind) and is illustrated solely with Wilson’s paintings.

This FREE event is sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union.