Read and Discuss The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (1891) imagines a young man who sells his soul to ensure that a painting of him will age so that his own beauty never fades in this work of classic gothic fiction with a strong Faustian theme. Discuss at the library on Monday, March 11, 2013, 1:30–3:00 pm in the Marvin Auditorium 101C.

Read and Discuss Roughing It by Mark Twain

Roughing It by Mark Twain (1872) is a semi-autobiographical account of his six years traveling in the West, including Nevada and San Francisco. Twain’s satiric humor and imagination freely inspire his memory of these adventures. Discuss at the library on Monday, February 11, 2013, 1:30–3:00 pm in the Marvin Auditorium 101C.

Read and discuss The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886) by Thomas Hardy opens with a shocking act: a man sells his wife and child at a country fair in rustic England. In time, the man becomes successful and respected, but his shameful past makes this a tragic novel. Discuss at the library on Monday, January 14, 2013, 1:30-3:00 pm in the Marvin Auditorium 101C.

Read and discuss Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (1865) creates a fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures. The characters are familiar; the logic and literary nonsense are highly influential to other genres. Discuss at the library on Monday, December 10, 2012, 1:30–3:00 pm in the Marvin Auditorium 101C