Writers Gather to Discuss the Role of Literature in Times of War and Isolation

From a New York Times story by Alexandra Alter headlined “Writers Gather to Discuss the Role of Literature in Times of War and Isolation”:

In 1939, the American journalist Dorothy Thompson, who was expelled from Germany after reporting on the rise of the Nazi movement, convened an emergency summit of writers in response to the violence unfolding in Europe. As the leader of PEN America, a literary and free speech organization, Thompson called on writers to unite against fascism and threats to free expression. The event drew 500 writers from 30 countries.