Four Novels Every Book Lover Should Read

Seth Lerer – University of California at San Diego

What four books are a must for every lover of literature? Award-winning teacher, Professor Seth Lerer, will explore this question with participants in an intimate seminar devoted to exploring the riches of literary expression. We will discuss such renowned classics as: George Orwell’s 1984, David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens, Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man.

Professor Lerer will show how these fascinating works help us understand some of the most pressing concerns today, including the nature of religious faith, questions of personal identity, even the quest for the American Dream. Participants will be encouraged to develop their own list of “essential reading,” as Professor Lerer helps them acquire the skills necessary for enriching their encounters with books of all kinds.