Literature Section

Reading Classics that Enrich Our Lives

Reading is a life-support system. Imaginatively entering the lives of characters we encounter can help us find solutions to problems we face in our lives. Literature offers us a form of mentorship and guidance; to read literature well is to interpret our lives...(more)

Ralph Waldo Emerson: A Visionary Life

Ralph Waldo Emerson was a profound American poet/essayist from the 19th century whose words still speak deeply to our struggles to live with integrity. Emerson called his readers to intuitively see the unity in all of life. What did Emerson mean? Come and join us to find out.

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Frankenstein: Anatomy of a Story

Mary Shelley's nove Frankenstein has more to do with everyday relationships than with the misuse of science or how to enjoy a good "gorefest". It is horror but it involves the way that we treat eacdh other and how self-centered we can be when chasing our ambitions.

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Charles Dickens: Wondrous Strange

With themes of loss, love and transformation threading throughout all this stories, Charles DIckens may help us to discover even more if we listen closely enough. In our Charles Dickens study, we explore the healing place of memory, the vitatlity of the past and the redemption of humans in community.

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The Folio Club: Essays on Edgar Allan Poe

Poe once wrote: "The Tales are supposed to be read at table by the eleven members of a literary club, and are followed by the remarks of the company upon each". We took these words to heart as we explored the irony and depth of Poe's short stories.

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Dante's Divine Comedy

Dante's Divine Comedy
The Divine Comedy was written from 1308 to 1321 and is the seemingly simple story of a man, generally assumed to be Dante himself, who is miraculously enabled to undertake a jourjney from Hell to Paradise. Dante's story of transformation shows that "the way out is the way through".

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