Robert Brawer, former CEO and president of Maidenform Worldwide and currently a faculty member at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, will discuss “Boy Wonders: The Art of Self-Invention in American Literature” at NYU’s Fales Library, 3rd floor of the NYU Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, on Wednesday, December 1, 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are suggested. Call (212) 998-2596.

Brawer, who believes that literature holds many lessons for corporate managers, is the author of Fictions of Business: Insights on Management from Great Literature (John Wiley & Sons, 1998). Reviewing the book for the New York Times, Christopher Lehmann-Haupt said, “[Brawer] has dug beneath `the fashionable buzzwords and managerial ideologies of the day’ that he so deplores, and has made us see some universal truths common to both business and fiction.”

The NYU Fales Library holds a collection of over 200,000 volumes of British and American literature, and other special collections, from 1700 to the present. Its research collections comprise first editions, presentation copies, scholarly editions, and manuscripts.

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