What we all crave in the coldest winter months is a glimmer of the returning light. Looking forward does not mean ignoring current problems or needs, but focusing on a source of light helps us avoid being overwhelmed by the cold and the dark of our world. Both Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse and E.M. Forster’s A Room with a View offer the promise of light even as they explore the darker aspects of the society around them. Curl up with a cup or a glass and two beautifully written novels. For our first meeting read the first four chapters of A Room with a View.
Instructor Maryanne Ward is retired after a 40-year career in small college education. She chaired Kenyon College (Gambier OH) Humanities program and served as academic dean until moving to Centre College (Danville KY) as professor of English and chair of the Humanities program. Her area of special interest and scholarship is 19th century British literature. Among other topics, her publications have examined the relationship between literature, landscape, and painting.
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