Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Welcome to our 11th Season of Classics Revisited!

First up is Charles Dickens' Bleak House.  From the "Charles Dickens Page," here is a map of the London locations where the events in the story take place.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

We'll be discussing these Keats poems...

Keats' life mask, 1816
 ...during Classics Revisited on December 17, 2015

On First Looking into Chapman's Homer
The Eve of St. Agnes
La Belle Dame Sans Merci
Ode to Psyche
Ode to a Nightingale
Ode on Melancholy
Ode on a Grecian Urn
To Autumn
Bright Star

Optional letters: (1) December 21, 27, 1817, to George and Thomas Keats, on, among other things, "Negative Capability"; (2) October 27, 1818, To Richard Woodhouse, "A Poet Has No Identity."

Saturday, August 22, 2015

A quote just for Classics Revisited fans...

...from Andrea Barrett. Turns out she's one of us!

"Every year I try to read five or six books that I know I should have read in my twenties. There's some pleasure in reading those now, at this late date. They're fresh for me, and the experience can be dazzling. It's an amazing pleasure, it turns out, to read Paradise Lost for the first time at age thirty-eight."

Paris Review, "Art of Fiction" No. 180

NY Post article on Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken"

"The Famous Robert Frost Poem We've Read Wrong Forever" is a review of David Orr's new book "The Road Not Taken."

"...The poem isn't a salute to can-do individualism," he continues. "It's a commentary on the self-deception we practice when constructing the story of our own lives."

You'll find the complete article (until such time as the Post takes it down) right here:

Saturday, January 3, 2015


Nobody gets to see this except people who visit this blog!

Our title for January 2015 is Andrea Barrett's Voyage of the Narwhal.  It happens that The Paris Review published an "Art of Fiction" interview featuring her, and it's an excellent piece....but you can only find it right here.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Short Stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer

For the historical record, these are the stories we are reading and discussing. They were the first six stories in the "Collected Stories," plus two others that members suggested:

Gimpel the Fool
The Gentleman of Cracow
The Little Shoemakers
The Unseen
The Spinoza of Market Street
Yentl the Yeshiva Boy
Something is There

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Q: Which Robert Frost poems are we reading for May?

A: Here they are, all 26 of them, in alpha order to make them easier to find in your index of collected works! But if you don't have Frost's collected poems, try online, googling by title. You can find many of them here: http://www.bartleby.com/people/Frost-Ro.html

Acquainted with the Night
After Apple-Picking
Brown's Descent, or, The Willy-Nilly Slide
Death of the Hired Man, The 
Desert Places
Drumlin Woodchuck, A
Fire and Ice
Hill Wife, The 
Home Burial
Mending Wall
Need of Being Versed in Country Things, The 
Old Man's Winter Night, An 
Out, Out--
Paul's Wife
Provide, Provide
Road Not Taken, The 
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Subverted Flower, The 
Tree at my Window
Two Tramps in Mud Time
West-Running Brook
Witch of Coos, The 
Wood-Pile, The