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Notable Books, Sacramento Public Library’s series covering classic literature and led by English professors (but without the tests, papers or tuition of a traditional literature class) continues on Sunday, August 12 and Sunday, September 9 at the Central Library, 828 I Street, Sacramento. Nancy Sweet, Associate Professor of English at California State University, Sacramento, will lead a two-part discussion on Edith Wharton’s classic book, The House of Mirth.
First published in 1905, the novel tells the story of Lily Bart, a woman torn between a love for luxury and the luxury of genuine love.
Professor Sweet will discuss the following aspects of Wharton's acclaimed book:
Sunday, August 12 at 2 p.m.: Having It All in the Gilded Age: Wealth, Marriage and The House of Mirth. Attendees will talk about Wharton's representations of gender, marriage and "conspicuous consumption." (No need to have finished the novel at this time as the speaker will avoid spoiling the ending.)
Sunday, September 9 at 2 p.m.: Lily Bart and the Furies: Seduction, Terror, and Self Destruction in The House of Mirth. Following Professor Sweet’s talk, participants will break into small groups to discuss the novel. Former graduate students and faculty from the CSUS English Department will serve as discussion leaders.
Metered street parking is free on Sundays. For more information, please telephone the Sacramento Public Library at (916) 264-2920 or visit www.saclibrary.org.