Wednesday, May 31, 2017 6:00 PM
Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome New Yorker staff writer and acclaimed Harvard historian JILL LEPOREâ€"author of National Book Award finalist "Book of Ages" and "The Secret History of Wonder Woman"â€"for the paperback release of her latest book, "Joe Gould's Teeth," the tale of her search for the long-lost, century-old manuscript called "The Oral History of Our Time." Joe Gould, a madman, believed he was the most brilliant historian of the twentieth century. So did some of his friends, a group of modernist writers and artists that included E. E. Cummings, Marianne Moore, William Carlos Williams, John Dos Passos, and Ezra Pound. Gould began his lifeâ€™s work before the First World War, announcing that he intended to write down nearly everything anyone ever said to him. "I am trying to preserve as much detail as I can about the normal life of every day people," he explained, because "as a rule, history does not deal with such small fry."