Where: The Hampton Inn

Cost: $185.00 for 8 session(s) (includes reading packet)

Type: In Person


Instructor: William A. Fry a founding member of the Learning Curve faculty
William A. Fry

Literary Works That Changed the American Mind

The transformative power of literature has had a profound effect on the development of our country and continues to shape our lives today. Inspired by Promised Land: Thirteen Books That Changed America by Jay Parini, noted American literature scholar and Editor-in-Chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature, this course explores fifteen significant works of American literature, expanding on the selections included in Perini’s book.

Join Dr. William Fry for an intriguing eight-week examination of the power of the pen.

Week 1: A survey of many American books that changed the fabric of American life. We will discuss titles, themes and the significance of these books.

Week 2: Discourses on Various Important Subjects (1738) by Jonathan Edwards; The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (1771-never completed).

Week 3: Selected Essays (1840’s-1850’s) of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.

Week 4: Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852) by Harriet Beecher Stowe; Up From Slavery (1901) by Booker T. Washington; Souls of Black Folks (1903) by W.E.B. DuBois.

Week 5: The Jungle (1906) by Upton Sinclair; The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.

Week 6: Black Boy (1945) by Richard Wright; The Pillar and the City (1948) by Gore Vidal.

Week 7: Notes of a Native Son (1955) by James Baldwin; On the Road (1957) by Jack Kerouac.

Week 8: Silent Spring (1962) by Rachel Carson; The Feminine Mystique (1963) by Betty Friedan.

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