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History of 19th Century American Literature in 5 Short Stories


Sep 11, 2017 to Oct 16, 2017
10:00 AM until 12:00 PM

This event occurs weekly, on Monday.


Join us as we welcome Mark Scarbrough, a scholar on 19th Century American literature, as he leads a five week session exploring literature, politics and culture in the United States through the genre of short stories.

While the short story didn’t originate in the United States, it became the form the new nation re-invented and made its own. From Nathaniel Hawthorne through Charlotte Perkins Gilman, participants will examine these changes through our cultural history before and after the Civil War. Join us for a lively lecture/discussion format.  Copies of the short stories will be available at the circulation desk, when reserved in advance.  Please sign up today. Supplies are limited.

The discussions scheduled Mondays at 10:00am    

September 11, 2017- Nathaniel Hawthorne, “My Kinsman, Major Molineux” (1832)

September 18, 2017 - Herman Melville, “Bartleby the Scrivener” (1853)

September 25, 2017 - Bret Harte, “The Outcasts Of Poker Flat” (1869)

October 2, 2017 - Charles Chesnutt, “The Wife Of His Youth” (1898)

October 16, 2017 - Charlotte Perkins Gilman, “The Yellow Wallpaper” (1892)

For more information on Mark visit his website


Free and open to the public.


View map Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
Washington, CT

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