Literary Masters

When: Third Thursday of every month from 3 to 5 pm

Literary Masters explores Works of artistic quality. They can be appreciated for their construction and style but also because they are an expression of life, truth and beauty.  They have a universal appeal because they touch upon some of our basic emotional responses and hence have stood the test of time. 

We have read and analyzed Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury, Joyce’s The Dead, Wilde’s The Portrait of Dorian Grey among others.

This year we are beginning on April 19th. with E.M. Forster’s science fiction story ‘The Machine Stops’ (1909). The story is set in a world where man is totally dependent on a giant machine to provide his needs and it predicts the Internet and other technological devices in use today. 

June 2019 meeting

For our June 2019 meeting, we shall read two short stories by Samuel Beckett: “The Expelled” and “First Love.” These two stories are part of a group of for, and they appeared in several editions. Vivien, the Study Group Chair is using a Faber & Faber publication of 2009.

Thursday, June 20th from 3 – 5 PM. 

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April & May 2019 meetings

We start 2019 readiing short stories from Alice Munro’s collection Dear Life.

Munro focuses on every aspect of our ordinary lives and and how the extraordinary often comes uncalled for.  With a deceptively simple style, sometimes what is left unsaid carries more weight than what is actually said.

Her characters live in a stable, small-town world and yet they become universal because her stories touch on childhood, youth and old age and how time and memory sh​ape our apprehension of our own lives.

Having lived throughout the greater part of the twentieth century she is a witness to all the changes that have taken place, concentrating especially on the world of women.

For our April meeting on Thursday, April 11th   from 3-5 PM we shall read “To Reach Japan,” “Gravel,” and “Amundsen.” For reservations email:


September 2018 meeting

In September we tackle The Great Gatsby, returning to the “Roaring Twenties” of the United States and their complex social problems surrounding self, identity, and self-representation in the wake of the Great War that had shook the world during the preceding decade.

We shall meet on Thursday, September 20th,  from 3-5 PM.  For reservations email:


July & August 2018 meetings

On June 28th, a group of members began reading with Vivien Lane “Heart of Darkness,” Joseph Conrad’s famous novella based on a real journey he took up the Congo River in 1890, during the rule of Belgium. The story was narrated to seamen to while away the hours as the crew waited on their boat for the tide to come in order to travel up the Thames River to London.

The journey depicted in “Heart of Darkness” is one that takes you into “the turbid waters” of the human soul.  It is also a journey into the politics of the time the horror of European Colonialism of the 19th century.

Would you join us on this trip through the jungle of Vegetation and human emotions? In August we shall complete this analytic journey.

We shall meet again on July  19th and August 16th from 3-5 PM.  For reservations email:


June 2018 meeting

Did you see the Francis Coppola film Apocalypse Now?  It was inspired by the novel we will read and analyze starting in June.   The work in question by Joseph Conrad is called “The Heart of Darkness” and it explores prejudices commonly held in the United Kingdom at the zenith of its overseas imperial power.  What do we cherish about this group?  We tackle literary pieces that are challenging.  It is not the easy read on the subway type of book; we go after those works that challenge readers and sharing the experience adds fun to the dare.

Would you join us on this trip through the jungle of Vegetation and human emotions????

We shall meet June 21stfrom 3-5 PM.  For reservations email:


April 2018 meeting

Literary Masters will be starting up on April 19th (the third Thursday of each month). Vivien Lane will continue to organize this activity and lead us through interesting pieces of English Literature.

The first reading will be “The Machine Stops” a science fiction short story  by E. M. Forster. It was first published in the Oxford and Cambridge Review in 1909. In 1965 it was voted one of the best novellas up to 1965.  In 1973 it was also included in The Science Fiction Hall of Fame.

The story is set in a world where humanity lives underground and relies on a giant machine to provide their needs. Forster has several prescient notions, including predicting technologies such as e-mail and the Internet.

When: Third Thursday of every month from 3 to 5 pm