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Bailey Cove Classics: Lysistrata

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Monday, December 4, 2006 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
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Author: 
Aristophanes
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Lysistrata

Writing at a time of political and social crisis in Athens, Aristophanes (c. 447-c. 385 B.C.) was an eloquent, yet bawdy, challenger to the demagogue and the sophist. In Lysistrata, a band of women plea for an end to the long war between Athens and Sparta. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: Lysistrata

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Bailey Cove Classics: Henry IV, Part I

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Monday, January 8, 2007 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
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Author: 
William Shakespeare
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Henry IV, Part I

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. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: Henry IV, Part I

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Bailey Cove Classics: Conference of the Birds

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Monday, February 5, 2007 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
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Farid al-Din Attar
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Conference of the Birds

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. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: Conference of the Birds

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Bailey Cove Classics: Rubáiyát

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Monday, March 5, 2007 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
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Author: 
Omar Khayyam
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Rubáiyát

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. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: Rubáiyát

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Bailey Cove Classics: Troilus and Criseyde

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Monday, April 2, 2007 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Author: 
Geoffrey Chaucer
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Troilus and Criseyde

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. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: Troilus and Criseyde

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Bailey Cove Classics: Aeneid

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Monday, August 6, 2007 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Author: 
Virgil
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Aeneid

The story of an epic voyage in which Aeneas crosses stormy seas, becomes entangled in a tragic love affair with Dido of Carthage, descends to the world of the dead - all the way tormented by the vengeful Juno, Queen of the Gods - and finally reaches Italy, where he will fulfill his destiny: to found the Roman people. A stirring tale of arms and heroism, dispossession and defeat, and an unsparing portrait of a man caught between love, duty, and fate, the Aeneid brings to life a whole world of human passion, nobility, and courage. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: Aeneid

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Bailey Cove Classics: Symposium

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Monday, July 2, 2007 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Author: 
Plato
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Symposium

Full of drama, humor and sharply drawn characters, the Symposium offers profound insights into gender roles, sex in society and the value of sublimating our basic instincts. Symposium attempts to find the ultimate manifestation of the love that controls the world, leading to mystic union with eternal and supercosmic beauty. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: Symposium

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Bailey Cove Classics: Hamlet

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Monday, June 4, 2007 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Author: 
William Shakespeare
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Hamlet

His father is dead. Has his mother married the killer? A ghost cries out for vengeance, but has the Prince who hears the cry gone mad? A kingdom hangs in the balance, but who can be trusted? Family, politics, blood lust, betrayal, mystery, friendship and love--each plays a role in Shakespeare's great tragedy, Hamlet. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: Hamlet

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Bailey Cove Classics: La Vita Nuova

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Monday, May 7, 2007 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Author: 
Dante Alighieri
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La Vita Nuova

This celebration of the poet's passionate love for his immortal Beatrice weaves together rapturous sonnets and canzoni with prose commentaries and an autobiographical narrative. A predecessor to The Divine Comedy, La Vita Nuova (The New Life) also serves as an ever-relevant treatise on the art and technique of poetry. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: La Vita Nuova

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Eclectic Book Club: The Well and the Mine

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Author: 
Gin Phillips
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The Well & the Mine

In 1931 Carbon Hill, a small Alabama coal-mining town, nine-year-old Tess Moore watches a woman shove the cover off the family well and toss in a baby without a word. For the Moore family, focused on helping anyone in need during the Great Depression, the apparent murder forces them to face the darker side of their community and question the motivations of family and friends. For parents, it's a time when a better life for the children means sacrificing health, time, and every penny that can be saved. For a miner, returning home after work is a possibility, not a certainty. However, next to daily thoughts of death, exhausting work, and race are the lingering pleasures of sweet tea, feather beds, and lightning bugs yet to be caught. (a B&N Discover Great New Authors for 2008.)  Read more about Eclectic Book Club: The Well and the Mine

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