"More than this, there was her long connection with the New York Times. It had followed her wherever she went; its bound volumes brightened her simple rooms; it was a faithful record of everything that had happened to her. In the school dining room or in the drawing room after dinner, no matter what the discussion, someone was sure to turn respectfully to her and say, ‘What does the Times say on that, Miss Chilton?’ and she would graciously interpret the Times’s policy.” Dawn Powell, "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow," page 87.
Part I: Dawn Powell first mentions her story “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow” in a 1939 diary entry when she is considering including it in a collection of short stories. She also published the story in Mademoiselle magazine. Using the New York Times search engine from the NYIT Library, read issues leading up to 1939, with regard to the topics in the story.
What might Miss Chilton have encountered as she read? How does the newspaper represent women, education, and New York? What global and local events took place? What light does the newspaper shed on the protagonist's character and her intellectual life?
Select at least one quotation from "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow" to analyze alongside at least one quotation and image (of an article, quotation, or advertisement) from the New York Times. Save your findings using screenshots, pasting them into a Word or Google Doc and recording the citation information. We will discuss your findings.
Part II: In preparation for our Script and Podcast or Video projects, create a short video that presents an argument about your findings and "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow," including text and images, using VoiceThread or Moovly.
Cite and analyze at least one quotation from Powell's story and information from the New York Times. Due to copyright, do not share images from the New York Times online archive.