When: Wednesdays, Oct 9 – Dec 4, 9:45-11:45am No class Nov 27
Where: The Hampton Inn
Cost: $195.00 for 8 session(s)
Instructor: William A. Fry Ph.D a founding member of the Learning Curve faculty, taught literature and writing courses at a Maryland college for more than thirty years.
Join Bill Fry for an eight-week exploration of stories and poetry that illustrate the American experience from a variety of vantage points. Starting on a sheep farm in Oregon and moving through Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, New Mexico, New York and more, we’ll read works with a well-developed sense of place as we focus on uniquely American voices in literature.
Week 1: Scottie Jones – Country Grit (2017), a memoir of an experiment with sheep farming in Oregon
Week 2: Theodor Dreiser – Come Into My Parlor (1918), a novella set in Long Island
Week 3: Ernest Hemingway – “Up in Michigan” (1925)
Week 4: Willa Cather – “The Enchanted Bluff” (1909), a short story set in New Mexico
Week 5: Sinclair Lewis – Main Street (1920), a novel set in Minnesota
Week 6: Robert Frost – Selected poetry (1913-1915) set in New England
Week 7: William Dean Howells – “Editha” (1905), a short story set in Ohio
Week 8: O.Henry – “The Cop and the Anthem” and “The Gift of the Magi” (both published in 1906), two stories set in New York City