These festive gatherings are a perfect introduction to the Great Books.
It’s not too early to start reading the following excellent selections. Registration for the Institute will be emailed to you in the next month or so and paid registration includes a set of the books, but we wanted to give you an opportunity to start the readings now.
1. Old Mortality, by Katherine Anne Porter 48 pages, ISBN 9780151707553
This novella is one of three stories that are bundled together with Pale Horse, Pale Rider and Noon Wine. Old Mortality traces the life of Amy, a long-dead aunt of the two young girls who tell her story – or reassemble it – over a period of years.
2. Becket or the Honor of God, by Jean Anouilh ISBN 9781573225083
This play is a story of the relationship between Henry II and Thomas Becket. The arc of the play is how Henry’s selection of Becket to become the Archbishop of Canterbury changed the latter from a young, somewhat debauched companion of the King to a man committed to upholding the honor of God, even when that ultimately pitted him against his friend, benefactor and monarch.
3. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, by Carson Cullers. 307 pages ISBN 9780618526413
Set in the 1930’s in a large southern town,the author writes about 5 characters who are full of unfulfilled dreams, with no one to listen to them. Four of the characters gravitate toward a deaf-mute who patiently listens to them, but tragically they never inquire about his life. This books has been selected as one of the 20 best novels of the 20th century.
4. The Hare with Amber Eyes, by DeWaal 354 pages ISBN 9780312569372
This book is a Galaxy National Book Award Winner (New Writer of the Year Award). Edmund de Waal is a world-famous ceramicist. Having spent thirty years making beautiful pots—which are then sold, collected, and passed on—he has a particular sense of the secret lives of objects. When he inherited a collection of 264 tiny Japanese wood and ivory carvings, called netsuke, he wanted to know who had touched and held them, and how the collection had managed to survive.
Regular Registration: two nights of dorm lodging, six cafeteria meals, two evening socials, one set of four books.
Commuter Registration: six cafeteria meals (Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday breakfast and lunch), two socials, one set of books.