For the Fall 2021 term, we're offering a mix of virtual and in-person classes. Although we are still primarily virtual, you will find a smaller selection of in-person seminars in the schedule. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. Registration opens on September 1st at 9am (Central time). Registration will take place through our online platform, Learning Stream.
We will read, discuss, and analyze three of Philip Roth's novels: American Pastoral, I Married a Communist, and The Human Stain. Published between 1997 and 2000, the trilogy explores the complexity of the American character in ways that continue to resonate stingingly today, as our nation deals with difficult, and sometimes painful, moral and political challenges.
Six sessions. Registration – $230
Richard Reeder has been organizing and moderating literary events in Chicago for twelve years. He is also an author, whose new novella The Curious Odyssey of Rudolph Bloom will be published in February 2022.
Philip Roth, American Pastoral (Vintage International,1998). ISBN: 0-375-70142-7.
Philip Roth, I Married a Communist (Vintage International, 1999) ISBN: 0-375-70721-2.
Philip Roth,The Human Stain (Vintage International, 2001) ISBN: 0-375-72634-9.
- Please read pages 3-186 of American Pastoral before the first session.