Literary Masters

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. 

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