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Lake Forest Reads: Ragdale–Christina’s World Sunday, October 21

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Lake Forest Reads: Ragdale–Christina’s World

  • Date: October 21, 2018
  • Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Price: FREE
    Please register ahead of time to ensure your seat


Christina’s World has a history and so does Christina Olson, this mysterious American gothic Mona Lisa. What appears to be a young girl stretched out in a field of witchgrass and timothy in the hot, still mid-summer is really a woman in her fifties, crippled with a childhood deformity, returning from the family burial plot to the distant farmhouse, built by her grandfather where she lives with her brother, Alvaro. Wyeth saw her one day, resting in the grass and he painted her. That painting first brought him fame and he was drawn back many times over the next twenty years. 

Capturing the luminous brilliance of the Maine seacoast, this visually stunning one-hour documentary, winner of four Emmys and a CINE Golden Eagle is narrated by Julie Harris. It tells Christina’s story through interviews with her brothers, friends and relatives and photographs from the Olson family album. We feel the poignancy of her isolation and the irony of her fame.

As the film moves towards its conclusion, this mysterious figure with her back turned to the viewer, is ultimately revealed to us in all her fierce independence and enduring strength.



Since 2012, Lake Forest Library has been presenting the Lake Forest Reads: Ragdale program. In partnership with the Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest College and the Friends of Lake Forest Library, this program encourages the Lake Forest community to read one book by a writer affiliated with Ragdale, with the purpose of fostering literacy, a culture of reading, and a sense of community.

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