5:45 - 7:45 pm
Cost and Registration Information
Early Registration Price (August 27 at 9 am** – September 13 at 4 pm): $230
Regular Registration Price (September 13 at 4 pm – first day of class): $253
** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.
Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.
In this seminar, we will read, discuss, and analyze two of the greatest novels of crime and punishment set in Chicago: Richard Wright’s Native Son and Meyer Levin’s Compulsion. Although they differ in their treatments of race and class, both novels combine trenchant social commentary and psychological incisiveness with riveting courtroom drama. Find out why these novels have been listed among the 101 publications that most shaped Chicago’s image in this six-session course.
Six sessions. E - $230, L - $253
Richard Reeder is the author of Chicago Sketches and 1001 Train Rides in Chicago. He moderates the Chicago-themed book group at the historic Cliff Dwellers Club. He also established and presently facilitates a long-running Chicago area literary series devoted to Jewish authors.
- Meyer Levin, Compulsion. Fig Tree Books, 2014. ISBN: 978-1941493021
- Richard Wright, Native Son. Perennial Classics, 1998. ISBN: 0-06-0929804
For the first class, please read Foreword, Preface and Introduction and pages 3-144 of Compulsion.