Great Books Discussions -- Parker Library

Following the general open-ended discussion guidelines of the Great Books Foundation (GBF), the Parker Great Books Group meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at the Parker Library (unless otherwise noted). As the GBF guidelines suggest, participants are expected and encouraged to meet with the group regularly and to have read the material thoroughly in order to participate in the discussions. Of course, emergencies happen and life occasionally gets in the way; so, if you will be unable to attend, we ask that you notify one of the facilitators by phone or email. In order to encourage full participation, our membership is capped at 10.

The following is our schedule for the coming year. Always subject to change, changes will be announced and posted well in advance of the discussion session.

Selections are from Great Conversations 2.

Date (2014) Title Author
January 9 Oliver Twist Charles Dickens
January 23 The Wild Duck** Henrik Ibsen
February 13* The Good Earth Pearl Buck
February 27 Selected Poems Emily Dickinson
March 13 The Red Badge of Courage Stephen Crane
March 27 Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller
April 10 Charles Dickens Nicolas Nickleby
April 24 The Three Sisters Anton Chekhov
May 8 The Woman in White Wilkie Collins
May 22 Much Ado About Nothing William Shakespeare
June 12* The Old Curiosity Shop Charles Dickens
June 26 Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
July 10 The Crucible Arthur Miller
July 24 Hedda Gabbler Henrik Ibsen
August 14* Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
August 28 Death Comes for the Archbishop Willa Cather
September 11 She Stoops to Conquer Goldsmith
September 25 The Aeneid Virgil
October 9 Lysistrata Aristophanes
October 23 Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
November 13* Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Robert Louis Stevensen
November 27 Thanksgiving No meeting
December 11 Holiday Luncheon Group discussion
December 25 Christmas No meeting

* 3 Weeks from prior date

** Check out the Norton Critical Edition of Ibsen's Selected Plays, available in hard copy or for Kindle