"With Good Reason" Public Radio Program

Wed, 19 Feb 2014 3:00 PM

3 p.m.
WMRA-FM, 90.7

“Brow Anxiety” features JMU’s Dr. Brooks Hefner, assistant professor of English. During the 1910s and 1920s, the question of whether one was “highbrow” or “lowbrow” became a concern in the minds of modernist Americans. Hefner says this “brow anxiety” dominated the career of Willard Huntington Wright, who fancied himself an intellectual aristocrat while secretly writing a series of wildly popular detective stories under the pseudonym S.S. Van Dine.