Larchmont 7 Books

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Presented by Larchmont Temple

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Larchmont Temple is proud to present a selection of lectures from One Day University. One Day University works with hundreds of professors from over 200 of the country’s best colleges to develop fascinating talks designed to educate, entertain and inspire. Join us to learn more about The Story of America in 7 Books. This presentation will be followed by a live Q&A with Professor Luzzi![/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1604241163293{margin-bottom: 0px !important;padding-top: 30px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”]

The Story of America in Seven Books

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Joseph Luzzi / Bard College

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1604241318375{margin-bottom: 0px !important;padding-top: 30px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”]In 1869, as our nation was recovering from the devastations of the Civil War, the critic John William DeForest described the quest for “the Great American Novel,” suggesting how difficult it was to capture the complexity and diversity of the American experience in a single book. The past century and a half has seen many remarkable attempts by a wide range of authors to meet this challenge and distill the essence of U.S. history into the pages of unforgettable writing.

In this course, we will explore those 7 books that best represent this quest to tell the American story, answering such questions as: What does it mean to be “American”? What are the books that have had the greatest impact on U.S. history and culture? How can fiction illuminate the hard truths of American life? This presentation will lead audiences through the fascinating world of American literature, as we explore how masterpieces ranging from Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn and William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury to Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, and Philip Roth’s American Pastoral, and more, reveal the characters and conflicts of the American spirit.

Sign up for One Day University Membership today for unlimited access to hundreds of talks and lectures including other lectures by Professor Luzzi, including; A Grand Tour of Italy, The Presidents’ Book Club and so much more! Also, be sure to stay up to date on what’s happening at One Day University by visiting our digital events page.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” up=”10″ down=”10″][vc_row_inner row_type=”row” type=”full_width” text_align=”left” css_animation=””][vc_column_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]

LuzziJoseph Luzzi / Bard College

Joseph Luzzi is a Literature and Italian Professor at Bard College, and was previously a Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received the Scaglione Prize for his teaching. He is also the author of the audio course, “The Art of Reading.” Professor Luzzi previously taught at Yale University, where he was awarded a Yale College Teaching Prize.

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