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Past Readings

2021–2022 Schedule

Karl Ove Knausgaard, My Struggle
W.G. Sebald, Rings of Saturn
Natalia Ginzburg, Family Lexicon
Walker Percy, The Moviegoer
Patrick Leigh Fermor, A Time of Gifts
Ivo Andric, Bridge on the Drina
James Baldwin, Another Country
Elizabeth Bowen, The Hotel
V.S. Naipaul, A Bend in the River
Magda Szabo, Abigail

2020–2021 Schedule

Herman Melville, Moby-Dick
Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre
Carlo Levi, Christ Stopped at Eboli
Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mosses From An Old Manse
T.E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom
John Marquand, H. M. Pulham, Esq
Leo Damrosch, The Club
Gertrude Stein, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain
Theodore Fontane, Effi Briest
James Boswell, Life of Johnson

2019–2020 Schedule

Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls 
Gustave Flaubert, Sentimental Education (Robert Baldick's 1964 translation for Penguin Classics recommended)
Helen Oyeyemi, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours
Honoré de Balzac, Scenes From A Courtesan's Life
Patrick Modiano, Suspended Sentences
Homer, The Odyssey (Emily Wilson translation)
Elizabeth Gaskell, Wives and Daughters
Saul Bellow, Humboldt's Gift
Ivan Turgenev, The Torrents of Spring

2018–2019 Schedule

John Dos Passos, The Big Money
William Trevor, The Story of Lucy Gault
Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sympathizer
Isak Dinesen, Winter's Tales
Giorgio Bassani, The Garden of the Finzi-Continis
Lawrence Durrell, Justine
Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Gambler
Winston Churchill, My Early Life
Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose
Stephen Greenblatt, The Swerve
Charlotte Bronte, Villette
Amos Oz, A Tale of Love and Darkness

2017–2018 Schedule

Pär Lagerkvist, The Dwarf (translation by Alexandra Dick)
Alexander Pushkin, Eugene Onegin
St. Augustine, Confessions
Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend
J. M. Coetzee, Disgrace 
Anton Chekhov, The Steppe
John Dos Passos, The 42nd Parallel
Nadine Gordimer,  A Guest of Honor
Sybelle Bedford, A Visit to Don Otavio
Stefan Zweig, The World Of Yesterday (translation by Anthea Bell (Pushkin Press))
John Dos Passos, 1919
John Dos Passos, The Big Money

2016–2017 Schedule

​Joseph Roth, The Radetsky March
Elena Ferrante, The Story of a New Name
Edith Wharton, A Motor Flight Through France
Sinclair Lewis, It Can't Happen Here
Anthony Trollope, The Small House at Allington
William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying
Henry James, The Bostonians
Rudyard Kipling, Kim
Nikolai Gogol, Dead Souls
Franz Kafka, The Trial
Walt Whitman, Song of Myself
Jane Gardam, Old Filth

2015–2016 Schedule

George Eliot, Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life
Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels
trans. Seamus Heaney, Beowulf
Elena Ferrante, My Brilliant Friend
E. M. Forster, A Passage to India
Evelyn Waugh, Scoop
Henry Adams, Democracy: An American Novel
Stendhal, The Charterhouse of Parma
Anthony Trollope, The Prime Minister
Joseph Roth, The Radetsky March

2014–2015 Schedule

Madame de Lafayette, The Princesse de Cleves
Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Honore de Balzac, Human Comedy: Selected Stories
Jean Stafford, Boston Adventure
Emile Zola, Germinal
Benvenuto Cellini, Autobiography
James Baldwin, Go Tell It On the Mountain
Junichiro Tanizaki, The Makioka Sisters
Charles Dickens, Barnaby Rudge
Joseph Conrad, Nostromo

2013–2014 Schedule

  • Kazuo Ishiguro, The Unconsoled
  • George Santayana, The Last Puritan
  • Ford Madox Ford, The Good Soldier
  • Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
  • Aldous Huxley, Point Counter Point
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House of Seven Gables
  • George Eliot, Daniel Deronda
  • Anonymous, The Song of Roland
  • Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure
  • Graham Greene, The Comedians

2012-2013 Book Selections

  • Leo Tolstoy, War & Peace
  • Emile Zola, The Belly of Paris
  • Jorge Luis Borges, Labyrinths
  • Benedetta Craveri, The Age of Conversation
  • John Banville, The Infinities
  • Honore de Balzac, Pere Goriot
  • Mario Vargas Llosa, Conversation in the Cathedral
  • Barry Unsworth, Morality Play
  • Naguib Mahfouz, Before the Throne
  • Anthony Trollope, The Warden

2011-2012 Book Selections

  • Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire
  • Aeschylus, The Oresteia
  • Orhan Pamuk, The Naive and the Sentimental Novelist
  • Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  • Daniel Defoe, A Journal of the Plague Year
  • Alexandre Dumas, The Lady of the Camellias
  • Per Petterson, Out Stealing Horses
  • Joseph Conrad, The Secret Agent
  • Waguih Ghali, Beer in the Snooker Club
  • C. P. Snow, The Masters

2010-2011 Book Selections

  • Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried
  • Jonah Lehrer, Proust was a Neuroscientist 
  • Jane Austen, Persuasion
  • Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein
  • Shusako Endo, Deep River
  • Stephen Greenblatt, Will in the World
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender Is The Night
  • Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon
  • Anton Chekhov, Short Stories of Anton Chekov
  • John LeCarre, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
  • Vergil, Aeneid

2009-2010 Book Selections

  • Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
  • Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita
  • Murasaki Shikibu, The Tale of Genji
  • Robert Graves, Good Bye To All That
  • Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra
  • Virginia Woolf, Orlando
  • Marguerite Yourcenar, The Memoirs of Hadrian
  • Salman Rushdie, The Moor's Last Sigh

2008-2009 Book Selections

  • Charles Dickins, Bleak House
  • Ha Jin, Waiting
  • James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Nathanael West, Miss Lonelyhearts; Day of the Locust
  • Julion Cortazar, Hopscotch
  • Nadine Gordimer, The Burger's Daughter
  • George Meredith, The Egoist
  • Kazuo Ishiguru, An Artist of the Floating World
  • Henry James, The Golden Bowl 
  • Anthony Powell, A Question of Upbringing
  • Anthony Powell,  A Buyer’s Market 
  • Anthony Powell, The Acceptance World

2007-2008 Book Selections

  • Stendhal, The Red and the Black
  • Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure
  • Aristophanes, The Birds
  • Henry James, What Maisie Knew
  • William Trevor, Two Lives
  • Eudora Welty, The Optimist's Daughter
  • Primo Levi, The Periodic Table
  • Francine Prose, Reading Like a Writer
  • Goethe, Faust
  • Leo Tolstoy, The Kreutzer Sonata; How Much Land Does a Man Need; The Death of Ivan Illych

2006-2007 Book Selections

  • Jose Saramago, The History of the Siege of Lisbon
  • Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons
  • G. di Lampedusa, The Leopard
  • Graham Greene, The Power and the Glory
  • Rabelais, Gargantua and Pantagruel
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Orhan Pamuk, Snow
  • Soren Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling
  • Eric Auerback, Mimesis
  • Homer, The Iliad

2005-2006 Book Selections

  • William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying
  • Penelope Fitzgerald, Offshore
  • Franz Kafka, The Trial
  • Pat Barker, Regeneration
  • Fyodor Dostoyevski, The Brothers Karamozov
  • Nikos Kanantakis, Zorba the Greek
  • Soren Kirekegaard, Fear and Trembling
  • Julian Barnes, History of the World in 10 1/2 Days
  • Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
  • Dante Alighieri, The Inferno

2003-2004 Book Selections

  • George Eliot, Middlemarch
  • D.H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers
  • Zadie Smith, White Teeth
  • Laurence Sterne, The Life and Times of Tristram Shandy
  • Martha Nussbaum, Poetic Justice: The Literary Imagination and Public Life
  • Tom Stoppard, Arcadia
  • Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary
  • Julian Barnes, Flaubert's Parrot

2002-2003 Book Selections

  • Gertrude Stein, Three Lives
  • Andre Malraux, Man's Fate
  • Dawn Powell, The Locusts Have No King 
  • E.M. Forster, Howard's End; Aspects of the Novel 
  • Andre Gide, The Counterfeiters
  • Charles Dickens, Hard Times
  • Thomas Mann, Dr. Faustus
  • Marcel Proust, Swann's Way; The Budding Grove
  • Sophocles,Antigone
  • Jean Anouilh, Antigone
  • Book of Job (Hebrew Bible)
  • Archibald MacLeish, J.B.
  • Seamus Heaney, Beowolf
  • John Gardner, Grendel
  • Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
  • James Gould Cozzens, Castaway 

2001-2002 Book Selections

  • Maria & Jennifer Gillan, eds., Unsettling America: An Anthology of Contemporary Multicultural Poetry
  • Athol Fugard, My Children! My Africa!
  • Michael Chabon, The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
  • Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart
  • Keri Hulme, The Bone People
  • Bao Ninh, The Sorrow of War
  • Albert Camus, The Stranger
  • V.S. Naipaul, A Bend in the River
  • Yasunari Kawabata, Snow Country
  • Alan Lightman, The Diagnosis
  • Jared Diamond, Guns, Germs and Steel
  • Richard Wright, Native Son
  • William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice
  • Niall Ferguson, House of Rothschild
  • Edith Wharton, The Custom of the Country
  • Sinclair Lewis, Babbitt

1999-2000 Book Selections

  • John Milton, Paradise Lost
  • Book of Jeremiah (Hebrew Bible)
  • Thomas Friedman, The Lexus and the Olive Tree
  • William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night
  • William Blake, Songs of Innocense and Experience
  • Dava Sobel, Galileo's Daughter
  • Simon Winchester, The Professor and the Madman 
  • Somerset Maugham, The Razor's Edge

1998-1999 Book Selections

  • William Shakespeare, King Lear
  • Jane Austen, Persuasion
  • Dylan Thomas, A Child's Christmas in Wales
  • Henry James, Washington Square
  • James Carroll, American Requiem
  • Molly Keane, Time After Time
  • Andrei Makine, Dreams of My Russian Summer
  • Oe Kenzaburo, A Personal Matter 
  • Anton Checkhov, The Cherry Orchard 

1997-1998 Book Selections

  • Homer, The Odyssey
  • Jack Kerouac, On the Road
  • Mark Twain, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • William Faulkner, Light in August
  • Elizabeth Griffith, In her Own Right: Life of E.C. Stanton
  • Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha 
  • Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse
  • J.M. Coetzee, Life and Times of Michael K 
  • T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets
  • James Joyce, Ulysses
  • Octavio Paz, The Double Flame: Love and Eroticism
  • Madame de Lafayette, The Princess of Cleves
  • Nigel Nicholson, Portrait of a Marriage
  • Edward Albee, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra; Othello
  • Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita

1995-1997 Book Selections

  • Arthur Miller, The Crucible
  • Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
  • Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye
  • Sophocles, Oedipus Rex; Oedipus at Colonnus; Antigone
  • Pablo Neruda, Love: Ten Poems
  • Duberman, Paul Robeson: A Biography
  • Bernard Malamud, The Fixer
  • Kazuo Ishiguro, Remains of the Day
  • Tinberg, The Nightingale's Song
  • Shakespeare, Richard II
  • Whitman, Yeats, Seaney & Brooke, Poems
  • Vera Brittain, Testament of Youth