Climbing the Walls: Three Short Claustrophobic Classics | Newberry

Climbing the Walls: Three Short Claustrophobic Classics

Led by Will Hansen
Saturday, February 27, 2021
Four sessions, Saturdays, February 27 - March 20

1 - 3 pm (Central Time)

Newberry Adult Education Seminars will meet virtually via Zoom. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. If you have questions about online learning, please reach out to

Seminar Description

This seminar will explore three American short stories: “The Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allan Poe, “Bartleby, the Scrivener” by Herman Melville, and “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Each is a distinct kind of horror story, speaking to us in 2021 of pandemic, precarity, confinement, domesticity, and strife inside and out.

Four sessions. Registration – $195

Will Hansen is Director of Reader Services and Curator of Americana at the Newberry. He has previously led seminars on Moby-Dick and other works by Herman Melville and on Alexander Hamilton.

Materials List


  • A free digital course packet of additional material, compiled by the instructor and distributed electronically before the seminar begins.


First Reading:

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, January 13th. Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning January 7 at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

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We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.