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Bailey Cove Classics: Metamorphosis

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Monday, February 6, 2012 - 10:00am to 11:00am
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Franz Kafka
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Metamorphosis

(This title may also be freely downloaded as an ebook from HMCPL's Digital Media Zone Public Domain Collection.)  Virtually unknown during his lifetime,Franz Kafkais now one of the world's most widely read and discussed authors. His nightmarish novels and short stories have come to symbolize modern man's anxiety and alienation in a bizarre, hostile, and dehumanized world. This vision is most fully realized in Kafka's masterpiece, "The Metamorphosis," a story that is both harrowing and amusing, and a landmark of modern literature. Bringing together some of Kafka's finest work, this collection demonstrates the richness and variety of the author's artistry. "The Judgment," which Kafka considered to be his decisive breakthrough, and "The Stoker," which became the first chapter of his novelAmerika, are here included. These two, along with "The Metamorphosis," form a suite of stories Kafka referred to as "The Sons," and they collectively present a devastating portrait of the modern family. Also included are "In the Penal Colony," a story of a torture machine and its operators and victims, and "A Hunger Artist," about the absurdity of an artist trying to communicate with a misunderstanding public. Kafka's lucid, succinct writing chronicles the labyrinthine complexities, the futility-laden horror, and the stifling oppressiveness that permeate his vision of modern life. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: Metamorphosis

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Bailey Cove Classics: The Hairy Ape by Eugene O'Neill

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Monday, December 5, 2011 - 10:00am to 11:00am
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9781420933499
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Eugene O'Neill
Title: 
The Hairy Ape

(This title may also be freely downloaded as an ebook from HMCPL's Digital Media Zone Public Domain Collection.)

Eugene Gladstone O'Neill (1888-1953) was a Nobel prize winning American playwright. More than any other dramatist, O'Neill introduced American drama to the dramatic realism pioneered by Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, and Swedish playwright August Strindberg, and was the first to use true American vernacular in his speeches. His plays involve characters who inhabit the fringes of society, engaging in depraved behaviour, where they struggle to maintain their hopes and aspirations but ultimately slide into disillusionment and despair. O'Neill wrote only one comedy Ah, Wilderness!, all his other plays involve some degree of tragedy and personal pessimism. O'Neill's first published play, Beyond the Horizon, opened on Broadway in 1920 to great acclaim, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. His best-known plays include Anna Christie (Pulitzer Prize 1922), The First Man (1922), and The Hairy Ape (1922). In 1936 he received the Nobel Prize for Literature. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: The Hairy Ape by Eugene O'Neill

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Bailey Cove Classics: The Golden Ass

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Monday, November 7, 2011 - 10:00am to 11:00am
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9780374531812
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Apuleius
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The Golden Ass

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Apuleius's Golden Ass is a unique, entertaining, and thoroughly readable Latin novel—the only work of fiction in Latin to have survived from antiquity. It tells the story of the hero Lucius, whose curiosity and fascination for sex and magic results in his transformation into an ass. After suffering a series of trials and humiliations, he is ultimately returned to human shape by the kindness of the goddess Isis. Simultaneously a blend of romantic adventure, fable, and religious testament, The Golden Ass is one of the truly seminal works of European literature, of intrinsic interest as a novel in its own right, and one of the earliest examples of the picaresque. This new translation is at once faithful to the meaning of the Latin, while reproducing all the exuberance of the original. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: The Golden Ass

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Bailey Cove Classics: The Bhagavad Gita (Continued)

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Monday, October 10, 2011 - 10:00am to 11:00am
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The Bhagavad Gita

***Please NOTE date change: we will meet on October 10th instead of the 3rd!

Part 2 of 2 discussions to take place in September and October.

(This title may also be freely downloaded as an ebook from HMCPL's Digital Media Zone Public Domain Collection.) The Bhagavad Gita first captured the American imagination in the mid-19th century, when Henry Thoreau and other self-styled "Brahmins" found fresh, contemporary wisdom in India's ancient sacred text. Despite more than 200 English versions since then, few translators have captured the urgency and sagacity of Arjuna's pre-battle dialogue with the god Krishna more expertly than Mitchell, whose translation of the Tao te Ching has sold more than half a million copies and garnered much praise. Mitchell is, refreshingly, as frustrated by the Gita's bewitching circularity as many of its readers have been, and does not shrink from challenging some of the poem's conclusions. Concerning war, for example, he asks, "How indeed can an enlightened sage, who cherishes all beings with equal compassion because he sees all beings within himself and himself within God, inflict harm on anyone, even wicked men who have launched an unjust war?" Mitchell's translation is intimate and personal; he encourages readers to stand in Arjuna's place, asking themselves how they should live. Mitchell emphasizes that the poem is a guide to the path of bhakti yoga (devotion) more than it is merely a philosophical discussion. "The Gita is a love song to reality, a hymn in praise of everything excellent and beautiful and brave," he notes. (Oct.) . Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: The Bhagavad Gita (Continued)

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Bailey Cove Classics: The Bhagavad Gita

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Monday, September 12, 2011 - 10:00am to 11:00am
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The Bhagavad Gita

Part 1 of 2 discussions to take place in September and October. (This title may also be freely downloaded as an ebook from HMCPL's Digital Media Zone Public Domain Collection.) The Bhagavad Gita first captured the American imagination in the mid-19th century, when Henry Thoreau and other self-styled "Brahmins" found fresh, contemporary wisdom in India's ancient sacred text. Despite more than 200 English versions since then, few translators have captured the urgency and sagacity of Arjuna's pre-battle dialogue with the god Krishna more expertly than Mitchell, whose translation of the Tao te Ching has sold more than half a million copies and garnered much praise. Mitchell is, refreshingly, as frustrated by the Gita's bewitching circularity as many of its readers have been, and does not shrink from challenging some of the poem's conclusions. Concerning war, for example, he asks, "How indeed can an enlightened sage, who cherishes all beings with equal compassion because he sees all beings within himself and himself within God, inflict harm on anyone, even wicked men who have launched an unjust war?" Mitchell's translation is intimate and personal; he encourages readers to stand in Arjuna's place, asking themselves how they should live. Mitchell emphasizes that the poem is a guide to the path of bhakti yoga (devotion) more than it is merely a philosophical discussion. "The Gita is a love song to reality, a hymn in praise of everything excellent and beautiful and brave," he notes. (Oct.) . Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: The Bhagavad Gita

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Bailey Cove Classics: Major Barbara by Bernard Shaw

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Monday, August 1, 2011 - 10:00am to 11:00am
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9780393977530
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Bernard Shaw
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Major Barbara

Join us for a discussion of the play, "Major Barbara", by George Bernard Shaw. (This title may also be freely downloaded as an ebook from HMCPL's Digital Media Zone Public Domain Collection.) When a Salvation Army officer learns that her father, a wealthy armaments manufacturer, has donated lots of money to her organization, she resigns in disgust but eventually sees the truth of her father's reasoning that social iniquity derives from poverty; it is only through accumulating wealth and power that people can help each other. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: Major Barbara by Bernard Shaw

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Bailey Cove Classics: Things Fall Apart

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Monday, July 11, 2011 - 10:00am to 11:00am
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9780385474542
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Chinua Achebe
Title: 
Things Fall Apart

 Achebe's first novel portrays the collision of African and European cultures in people's lives. Okonkwo, a great man in Igbo traditional society, cannot adapt to the profound changes brought about by British colonial rule. Yet, as in classic tragedy, Okonkwo's downfall results from his own character as well as from external forces. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: Things Fall Apart

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Bailey Cove Classics: Two Short Stories by Chekhov: "The Bet" and "A Boring Story"

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Monday, May 9, 2011 - 10:00am to 11:00am
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Chekhov, Anton
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Two Short Stories by Chekhov: "The Bet" and "A Boring Story"

*Please note that this meeting has been changed FROM the previous week of May 2. I hope you can join us!*

At this discussion, we will compare and contrast these two masterwork stories by Chekhov.

A copy of the short story, "The Bet", can be viewed freely here: [gutenberg.org text file] , here: [gutenberg.org HTML file], or here: [eastoftheweb.com file]

A copy of the short story, "A Dreary Story"  (or "A Boring Story"), can be viewed freely here: [gutenberg.org] , here: [gutenberg.org link #2] , here: [classicreader.com] , or here: [eastoftheweb.com file] Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: Two Short Stories by Chekhov: "The Bet" and "A Boring Story"

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Bailey Cove Classics: Sorrows of Young Werther

Date: 
Monday, June 6, 2011 - 10:00am to 11:00am
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Author: 
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Title: 
Sorrows of Young Werther

A digital copy of title can be freely downloaded here: http://dmz.hmcpl.org/13C39C8C-5FE8-4284-82FB-28C08F887F36/10/490/en/PublicDomainCollection.htm

Tragic masterpiece explores mind of an artist in alternately joyful and despairing letters recounting an unhappy romance. Goethe addresses issues of love, death, and redemption in an influential portrayal of a character who struggles to reconcile his artistic sensibilities with the demands of the objective world. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: Sorrows of Young Werther

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Bailey Cove Classics: The Inferno

Date: 
Monday, April 4, 2011 - 10:00am to 11:00am
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1593080514
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Author: 
Dante Alighieri
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The Inferno

The first of the 3 canticles in "La divina commedia "(The Divine Comedy), this 14th-century allegorical poem begins Dante's imaginary journey from Hell to Purgatory to Paradise with his sojourn among the damned. There he encounters historical and mythological creatures -- each symbolic of a particular vice or crime. Translated beautifully by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: The Inferno

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