The Joys of Prose: Readings from Famous Novelists by Professor Emeritus John Smith
October 5, 2005

Confederation Centre Public Library—Fall,2005—Sundays at 2:00 pm. Reader: John Smith.

The plan, in these readings, is to sample the styles of a variety of well-known novelists, ranging from the early seventeenth century to the early twentieth. The works to be read will be presented approximately in chronological order, and will therefore prompt some reflection on the development of the novel as a literary genre and as a social phenomenon, but the primary objective throughout will be to promote the enjoyment of the writing itself. Each session will concentrate on two or three major authors, but may touch, for various reasons, upon contemporaneous or otherwise related works. With a few exceptions, the readings will confine themselves to the English tradition. The schedule of dates and authors is subject to minor modifications, and is as follows:

September 25 Miguel de Cervantes and Daniel Defoe, with background

reference to Sir Thomas Malory, John Lyly, Sir Philip Sidney, and John Bunyan.

October 2: Samuel Richardson, Henry Fielding, Laurence Sterne, and Tobias Smollett.

October 16: Jane Austen and Sir Walter Scott.

October 30: Charles Dickens, William Makepeace Thakeray, and Anthony Trollope.

November 6: Emily Brontë, George Eliot, and Thomas Hardy

November 20: Robert Louis Stevenson, Oscar Wilde, Joseph Conrad, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

December 4: Marcel Proust and James Joyce.

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