Event—Adult Education

A Serial Reading of George Eliot's Adam Bede


Immerse yourself in George Eliot’s "Adam Bede" by reading it in serialized parts.

Adam Bede - Weir Collection. Source: National Library of Scotland, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Class Description

George Eliot’s first novel is a striking and surprisingly modern examination of love, hypocrisy, sexuality, and the circumstances of early adulthood that shape a person’s entire life. This class presents Adam Bede serially, in manageable weekly readings and discussions, to allow for a full appreciation of Eliot’s unique narrative art and philosophy.

Steven J. Venturino, PhD, the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism, has led seminars at the Newberry Library and taught at Loyola University Chicago.

Materials List

  • George Eliot, Adam Bede. Oxford World's Classics, 2008. ISBN: 978-0199203475

First Reading

  • For the first session, please read only Chapter 1. Please do not read the book’s introduction.

Cost and Registration

Seven sessions, $289 ($260 for Newberry members, seniors, and students). Learn about becoming a member.

To register multiple people for this class, please go through the course calendar in Learning Stream, our registration platform. When you select the course and register, you’ll be prompted to add another registrant.


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