huckleberry-finn

5 consecutive Tuesday evenings (January 10, 17, 24, 31 and February 7) from 6:30-8 p.m.  
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is the quintessentially American novel. It has also become one of the most controversial works in the American literary canon. Indeed, many, many schools do not assign it any longer. In this seminar with Professor Chuck Timlin, we will do a close reading of the novel over five meetings. We will discuss its many themes, enjoy its humor and biting social criticism, and face head on the problems many Americans have with reading it today.

University of New Haven faculty member and former English teacher at Choate Rosemary Hall, Chuck Timlin, has already brought his excellent teaching skills to the Essex Library community on topics such as Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Beowulf, American poets and short story writers. Now, back by popular demand, he turns his talents to an examination of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. This program is free and open to the public.

For more information on this and our other programs see our Adults Featured Events page:
http://www.youressexlibrary.org/adult-services/adults-featured-events/

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5 Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. March 17, 24, 31, April 7 & 14

We’re very honored to welcome back Prof. Timlin; his seminars have been unanimous crowd pleasers. This seminar will explore the poetry of the 19th century’s two greatest American poets. Together, Whitman and Dickinson created an original American poetic tradition as distinct from Britain and Europe’s traditions. They are two of the most remarkably original poets whose influence still resonates deeply with today’s poets around the world.

autumncountryroadThursdays, October 22, 29 and November 5, 12, & 19, 6:30-8 p.m.
University of New Haven faculty member Chuck Timlin has brought his excellent teaching skills to the Essex Library community on topics such as Chaucer and Beowulf. Now back by popular demand, he turns his talents to an examination of the poets William Wordsworth and Robert Frost. This seminar will be conducted on 5 Thursday evenings in 90-minute sessions that are free and open to the public.

Born virtually 100 years apart, William Wordsworth and Robert Frost became the most beloved poets in their countries. Both are known for writing particularly powerfully about Nature, and each did so in response to the growing influence of industry and technology. Each celebrated the values and lessons that rural life can remind us to hold dear in our hectic modern lives. There is a universality of experiences that each portrays in their poems so often set in the countryside.

These classes are free and open to the public. Please call the Library (860) 767-1560 to register or for more information.