Monday, January 10, 2011

Winter Book Discussion Series

The Haverhill Corner Library will sponsor book discussions featuring four American classics this winter. Discussions will be held at the library on the third Monday of the month and will begin at 7:00 PM. They are free and open to the public.

January 17:  The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

February 21:  Billy Budd by Herman Melville

March 21:  Daisy Miller by Henry James

April 18:  Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The series begins with The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s tale of private sin and public condemnation in Puritan New England. Generally considered to be his greatest work, Hawthorne’s novel was an immediate success upon publication and has remained popular ever since. It is frequently adapted for the stage and screen or referenced in popular culture (such as in the 2010 film “Easy A”). The novelist and critic D. H. Lawrence declared it “profound and wonderful . . . the lasting representative book of American literature.”

Copies will be available to borrow from the library in advance.

If you’ve always meant to read some of these American classics, this discussion series is your chance to do so. Or if you read them in high school or college, it’s an opportunity to revisit some books that reward another look. We hope you’ll join us.

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