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Small Renaissance, Southern California Style: The Los Angeles of Jake Zeitlin

Noted California historian Kevin Starr continues his three-part series of lectures at 7:00 p.m., following a reception and dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. The remarkable Jake Zeitlin, friend of numerous authors (his pals included Aldous Huxley, D.H. Lawrence, William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, and Carl Sandberg) and a noted boolkseller, is the central figure in the renaissance that Dr. Starr discusses on Wednesday, October 14. Through sheer force of personal magnetism and good-humored generosity, Zeitlin became the center of a circle that included artists, politicians, academicians, attorneys, and journalists. The "Zeitlin circle" transformed southern California into a nexus of books, art, and scholarship. Zeitlin died at the age of 84 on Monday, August 31, 1987. This is an appropriate time to discover or remember him.