Saturday, August 22, 2015

A quote just for Classics Revisited fans...

...from Andrea Barrett. Turns out she's one of us!

"Every year I try to read five or six books that I know I should have read in my twenties. There's some pleasure in reading those now, at this late date. They're fresh for me, and the experience can be dazzling. It's an amazing pleasure, it turns out, to read Paradise Lost for the first time at age thirty-eight."

Paris Review, "Art of Fiction" No. 180

NY Post article on Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken"

"The Famous Robert Frost Poem We've Read Wrong Forever" is a review of David Orr's new book "The Road Not Taken."

"...The poem isn't a salute to can-do individualism," he continues. "It's a commentary on the self-deception we practice when constructing the story of our own lives."

You'll find the complete article (until such time as the Post takes it down) right here:

Saturday, January 3, 2015


Nobody gets to see this except people who visit this blog!

Our title for January 2015 is Andrea Barrett's Voyage of the Narwhal.  It happens that The Paris Review published an "Art of Fiction" interview featuring her, and it's an excellent piece....but you can only find it right here.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Short Stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer

For the historical record, these are the stories we are reading and discussing. They were the first six stories in the "Collected Stories," plus two others that members suggested:

Gimpel the Fool
The Gentleman of Cracow
The Little Shoemakers
The Unseen
The Spinoza of Market Street
Yentl the Yeshiva Boy
Something is There

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Q: Which Robert Frost poems are we reading for May?

A: Here they are, all 26 of them, in alpha order to make them easier to find in your index of collected works! But if you don't have Frost's collected poems, try online, googling by title. You can find many of them here:

Acquainted with the Night
After Apple-Picking
Brown's Descent, or, The Willy-Nilly Slide
Death of the Hired Man, The 
Desert Places
Drumlin Woodchuck, A
Fire and Ice
Hill Wife, The 
Home Burial
Mending Wall
Need of Being Versed in Country Things, The 
Old Man's Winter Night, An 
Out, Out--
Paul's Wife
Provide, Provide
Road Not Taken, The 
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Subverted Flower, The 
Tree at my Window
Two Tramps in Mud Time
West-Running Brook
Witch of Coos, The 
Wood-Pile, The 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Q: Which Alice Munro stories are we reading for December?

A: The last eight stories her "Selected Stories" collection.  Those are:

"Friends of my Youth"
"Carried Away"
"The Albanian Virgin"
"A Wilderness Station"

We'll meet December 19. Hope to see you there!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Poe's Works for Oct 17 Meeting

Here's a list of what we plan to discuss. If you'd like to read these online, the stories and poem can all be found at .  His essay on "The Philosophy of Composition" can be read here )

As always at Classics Revisited, finishing the reading is not required! Feel free to join us even if you aren't able to complete all of them.

The Philosophy of Composition.
The Raven
Descent into the Maelstrom
The Purloined Letter
The Gold Bug
The Fall of the House of Usher
The Pit and the Pendulum
The Masque of the Red Death
The Cask of Amontillado
The Tell-Tale Heart
William Wilson