417 – The Stories of Henry James

“The best part of a writer’s biography,” wrote Nabokov, “is not the record of his adventures but the story of his style.” Henry James—AKA ‘The Master’—heightened the reach of his style and made himself perhaps the most profound and far-ranging composer of fiction in his day, which straddled the 19 th and 20 th centuries. We will find that […]

416 – Jane Austen

During this five-week course, we will study two of Jane Austen’s later novels: Emma, often considered the crown of Austen’s achievements as a novelist, with its intricate social drama and its heroine whom Austen was not sure anyone else would much like; and Persuasion, Austen’s final novel, in which she in many ways goes beyond […]