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Exploring Literary Artistry: Studying the works of James, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Schwartz and Trilling.

Modern American
Short Story Authors

 Henry James 
Henry James

F. Scott Fitzgerald 
F. Scott Fitzgerald

Ernest Hemingway 
Ernest Hemingway

Delmore Schwartz 
Delmore Schwartz

Lionel Trilling
Lionel Trilling

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Introduction to the Modern American Short Story

The short story has existed as a literary genre for just more than a hundred years. When written by some of the masters of this genre, these works of short fiction can be powerful explorations of attitudes toward life and perceptions of personal reality.

Unlike most Lifelong Learning Society (LLS) offerings, this course is not a lecture. Instead, it is a limited-enrollment course (open only to LLS members) and will be an interactive discussion of a selection of diverse--albeit important--works of short fiction.

Prior to each class, students will receive a reading assignment of several works of short fiction. Each class will then proceed as an in-depth discussion of the works assigned for that session.

FOUR SESSIONS:      Time:  1:00 pm - 2:45 p.m.
Place:                           Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium,  Boca Raton campus

Session Date Description
1st week   May 4, 2011       

"The Beast in the Jungle" (Henry James) and "Babylon
" (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

2nd week  May 11, 2011    A Clean Well-Lighted Place" and "The Gambler, the Nun,
and the Radio
" (Ernest Hemingway)
2nd week  May 11, 2011  OPTIONAL:  Supplemental Library Research Session
following regular class at Library LY-136
3rd week  May 18, 2011   "In Dreams Begin Responsibilities" and "America!
" (Delmore Schwartz)
4th week  May 25, 2011 "Of This Time, of That Place" (Lionel Trilling)

Wimberly Library Hours Boca Raton Campus


S.E. Wimberly Library

Regular Semester Hours (Boca Raton):
See the library schedule for hours during exams, breaks, and holidays.

  • Sun.:  12:00 p.m. - Midnight
  • Mon. - Thu.:  7:40 a.m. - Midnight
  • Fri.:   7:40 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Sat.:  10:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Partner Campus Library Hours:‚Äč

Herbert Shapiro, Ph.D.

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