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

Thursday, June 27, 2013

2013-2014 Season

September 19:  100 Years of Solitude / Gabriel Garcia Marquez
October 17: Selected Short Pieces by Edgar Allan Poe
November 21: The Good Soldier / Ford Madox Ford
December 19:  Selected Stories / Alice Munro
January 16: Woman Warrior / Maxine Hong Kingston
February 20: Metamorphosis / Kafka AND Notes from the Underground / Dostoyevsky
March 20:  Sister Carrie / Theodore Dreiser
April 17:  Herzog / Saul Bellow
May 15: Selected Poetry / Robert Frost

Long Summer Read for September 2014:  Don Quixote / Cervantes

When title selections are made for Poe, Munro, and Frost, we will post them on this blog.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Resources for Emily Dickinson Poems

The list of poems we'll be discussing appears here; if you have trouble finding them in a printed collection of Dickinson's poems, you can easily find them online along with some wonderfully enriching study resources.

Emily Dickinson's Lexicon: gives definitions of all the words ED used, taken from the specific dictionary she used.

Tips for Reading Emily Dickinson's Poems

Samples of the small scraps of paper ED wrote her poems on

An artist's tribute to ED's poems and her "miraculous year"

Major Characteristics of ED's poems

Aaron Copeland's "Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson"

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Out of Time? Can't Find a Copy?

This month our selection is Thomas Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd. As Hardy books go, this one is fairly cheerful. If you don't have time to hunt down a copy, try reading it online here , at "Online Literature."  Or trying listening to a very nice, gentle reading of it on Librivox, here.

Meanwhile, here is, in part, the poem from which the title was taken:

Elegy Written in a Church Courtyard
Thomas Gray,  1751

Far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife,
Their sober wishes never learn'd to stray;
Along the cool sequester'd vale of life
They kept the noiseless tenor of their way.