I don't know. Everybody seems to admire Robinson Crusoe but me. Ergo, I must be wrong. ("Oh, look! Everybody's out of step but Johnny!")
Yes, I've heard that John Huston's film of The Dead is very good. I don't think I've seen it.
I may not be too much on Forster, but some really first rate films have been made from his books.
If I may ask, why are you limiting it to the British? Why not the English language novel and throw in some Americans? (Hawthorne, Melville, James, Wharton, etc.). Some excellent movies there, too. Wings of the Dove, The Age of Innocence, and so on.
: I'm actually not planning to ask anyone to
: read anything, just to come and hear a bit
: about the author and their work and to
: listen to whatever bit I find worth reading
: to them in my reading of the novels. I
: suppose the point will be something like the
: point of Fadiman's or Burt's introductions,
: to try to make them interested in trying the
: books for themselves.
: I'll also try to talk about film versions
: where possible. When I finish Bleak House, I
: want to watch the BBC series with Gillian
: Anderson as Lady Dedlock. I enjoyed some BBC
: version of Jane Eyre, and the one of P&P.
: One reason for doing The Dead, apart from
: just not wanting to reread Portrait of the
: Artist is that Jonathan Franzen said in an
: interview that there's a really excellent
: film of it; I hope I can find that online.
: I like Vanity Fair, but may pass it by for
: the length of it. I'll see; it's been ten
: years since I last read it.
: I might use this as an excuse to finally
: read Robinson Crusoe. Otherwise, I'll just
: skip the 18th century.
: I may choose some Woolf that I haven't read
: yet, and I'll be quoting from A Room of
: One's Own when talking about Austen, the
: Bronte's and George Eliot.
: I will also talk about some of the things
: that might make these novels difficult for
: people reading English as a second language.
: This Chadham bastard in Bleak House talks
: about the terewth. I imagine that, without a
: footnote, even some native English speakers
: would fail to read that as truth.
: I'll have to see how much interest there is
: in this. See if people will come. But I
: figure I need to have five or six classes
: ready before starting. Perhaps more. Anyway,
: as I said, I've picked up a class in the
: hour I had thought of doing it.
: Ah, by the way, Franzen find Forster the
: most overrated author.
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