The New Student Reading Project at Cornell University is celebrating its 11th anniversary this year with E.L. Doctorow’s novel Homer and Langley.
Homer and Langley provides a fictionalized redaction of the lives of the renowned Collyer brothers, whose story became a New York urban legend. After their parents’ death in the flu pandemic of 1918, within the family mansion on Fifth Avenue Homer and Langley compile a world of their own, apart from but intimately and paradoxically connected with the transformative events of twentieth-century American history.
This website is your portal to Homer and Langley, as well as all the activities and details of the events surrounding our reading of this important novel. Please use this site to explore some of the activities going on throughout Cornell and surrounding communities.