Book Club Meetings

Bailey Cove Classics: Troilus and Criseyde

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, April 2, 2007 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

The tragedy of Troilus and Criseyde is one of the greatest narrative poems in English literature. Set during the siege of Troy, it tells how the young knight Troilus, son of King Priam, falls in love with Criseyde, a beautiful widow. Brought together by Criseyde's uncle, Pandarus, the lovers are then forced apart by the events of war, which test their oaths of fidelity and trust to the limits.

Bailey Cove Classics: Picture of Dorian Gray

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2006 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

A lush, cautionary tale of a life of vileness and deception, or a loving portrait of the aesthetic impulse run rampant? Why not both? After Basil Hallward paints a beautiful, young man's portrait, his subject's frivolous wish that the picture change and he remain the same comes true. Dorian Gray's picture grows aged and corrupt while he continues to appear fresh and innocent.

Bailey Cove Classics: Leaves of Grass

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, December 3, 2007 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

When Leaves of Grass was first published in 1855 as a slim tract of twelve untitled poems, Walt Whitman was still an unknown. But his self-published volume soon became a landmark of poetry, introducing the world to a new and uniquely American form. The "father of free verse," Whitman drew upon the cadence of simple, even idiomatic speech to "sing" such themes as democracy, sexuality, and frank autobiography.

Bailey Cove Classics: Rubáiyát

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, March 5, 2007 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Rubáiyát means "quatrains" in the Persian language. This verse form was popularized in Edward Fitzgerald's translation of the collection of Persian verses known as the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam. In fact, Rubáiyát is a common shorthand name for this collection.

Bailey Cove Classics: Medea

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2006 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Witch, barbarian, foreigner, or a woman wronged and committed to the most horrific kind of justice, Medea is a heroine who makes her audience shudder. Euripides shows us an astonishingly strong female protagonist, whom some readers have identified as the first feminist in Western literature. Seeing where her strength leads her, though, we must wonder if she was intended to be portrayed a model or as a warning.

Bailey Cove Classics - Goblin Market

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, March 3, 2008 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Rossetti's most famous poem is the story of two sisters who hear goblin cries at night and follow them to a mysterious market. One sister buys fruit from the goblins and eats it, while the other does not; the poem follows how their choices changed their lives.

Bailey Cove Classics: Conference of the Birds

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, February 5, 2007 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Like Rumi and Hafiz, the name Attar conjures up images of passionate attraction to the divine. Attar was a Persian Sufi of the 12th century and his masterpiece is The Conference of the Birds, an epic allegory of the seeker's journey to God.

Bailey Cove Classics: The Odyssey

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, January 9, 2006 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

The Odyssey is literature's grandest evocation of everyman's journey though life. Odysseus's reliance on his wit and wiliness for survival in his encounters with divine and natural forces during his ten-year voyage home to Ithaca after the Trojan War is at once a timeless human story and an individual test of moral endurance.

Bailey Cove Classics - Revelations of Divine Love

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, April 7, 2008 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Special guest Dr. William Munson returns to discuss the writings and visions of Julian of Norwich, who was the first female English-language author. This book stems from a series of visions she had at age thirty, suggesting the concept of universal salvation in a time when the Black Death was seen as divine retribution for humankind's sins. 

Bailey Cove Classics: Henry IV, Part I

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, January 8, 2007 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Henry IV: Part I is the second in a series of four English history plays that make up Shakespeare's major tetralogy. Essentially a coming of age story in which the king's son, Prince Henry or Hal, emerges from his youthful role as a wastrel companion of the tavern crew, into the role of a genuine English monarch by virtue of both blood and character.

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