For the month of March, we will be reading "Nelly Dean: A Return to Wuthering Heights" by Alison Case and "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte.
Meeting will be held in the Community Room at the Dobbs Ferry Library. Sara Rodgers, Isabel Grayson, and Dawn Cancellieri, a Bronte specialist, will lead the discussion.
Young Nelly Dean has been Hindley's closest companion for as long as she can remember, living freely at the great house, Wuthering Heights. But when the benevolence of the master brings a wild child into the house, Nelly learns she must follow in her mother's footsteps, be called "servant" and give herself over completely to the demands of the Earnshaw family.
But Nelly is not the only one who finds her life disrupted by this strange newcomer. As death, illness, and passion sweep through the house, Nelly suffers heartache and betrayals at the hands of those she cherishes most, tempting her to leave it all behind. But when a new heir is born, a reign of violence begins that will test even Nelly’s formidable spirit as she finds out what it is to know true sacrifice.
Nelly Dean is a wonderment of storytelling and an inspired accompaniment to Emily Bronte's adored work. It is the story of a woman who is fated to bear the pain of a family she is unable to leave, and unable to save.
Perhaps the most haunting and tormented love story ever written, Wuthering Heights is the tale of the troubled orphan Heathcliff and his doomed love for Catherine Earnshaw.
Published in 1847, the year before Emily Bronte's death at the age of thirty, Wuthering Heights has proved to be one of the nineteenth century's most popular yet disturbing masterpieces. The windswept moors are the unforgettable setting of this tale of the love between the foundling Heathcliff and his wealthy benefactor's daughter, Catherine. Through Catherine's betrayal of Heathcliff and his bitter vengeance, their mythic passion haunts the next generation even after their deaths. Incorporating elements of many genres - from gothic novels and ghost stories to poetic allegory - and transcending them all, Wuthering Heights is a mystifying and powerful tour de force.
Mercy College professors Benjamin Abelson and Isabel Grayson will lead a discussion of Sherwood Anderson's "Winesburg, Ohio." They will guide attendees in exploring what
it means to be an American, and discuss the idea of a unifying American creed, especially in relation to local history, challenges and opportunities.
Sherwood Anderson's most famous work, "Winesburg, Ohio" is a cycle of short stories set in the fictional town of Winesburg, loosely based on the author's own home town of Clyde, Ohio. A picture of small town America during the first part of the 20th century, the series of short stories revolves around the life George Willard, from youth, through his yearning for independence, to his eventually departure from the town. Each story tells the tale of a distinct member of the town as related to George, a young reporter for the "Winesburg Eagle." Through this device the author establishes a frame in which George acts as a recorder of the other town members' narratives and which also acts as a foil for his own coming-of-age story. Central to all the stories are the themes of loneliness and isolation which permeate the existence of small-town life. Belonging to both the modernist and realist literary traditions, "Winesburg, Ohio" is a work which in a way defies classification, being at once both a novel and a series of short stories. Generally well received upon its first publication in 1919, the work over time has come to be regarded as a classic of modern American literature.
This month's meeting will be held at the Dobbs Ferry Public Library
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This is a joint program between Mercy College and the Dobbs Ferry Public Library.
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