Friday, June 26, 2020

The Fields, by Conrad Richter—July 31, 2020

The next meeting of Great Books KC will be July 31, 2020. 

Meeting Content:
We'll be discussing "The Fields," from Awakening Land Trilogy, by Conrad Richter

Meeting Time and Place:
Zoom on-line conference
—an email with link to join will be sent the day prior to meeting.
—If you wish to receive an invitation and haven't attended a meeting recently, send request by email to greatbookskic@gmail.com.
Date: July 31, 2020
Time: 7:00 pm

Description of Book:
The Fields is a 1946 novel by Conrad Richter and the second work in his trilogy The Awakening Land. It continues the story of the characters Portius and Sayward Luckett Wheeler begun in the novel The Trees.

In Case You Have Trouble Obtaining a Copy of the Book:
An e-book copy can be accessed from the Sunflower eLibrary (Overdrive) through Bonner Springs Library. Jack Granath has offered to facilitate issuing library cards and access to the e-book.
Jack's telephone number at the Bonner Springs Library is 913-441-2665.
Ask for Jack Granath and he can make arrangements of issuing a library cards which will enable access to the e-book.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

The Trees, by Conrad Richter—June 26, 2020

The next meeting of Great Books KC will be June 26, 2020.   

Meeting Content:
We'll be discussing "The Trees," from Awakening Land Trilogy, by Conrad Richter 

Meeting Time and Place:
Zoom on-line conference
—an email with link to join will be sent the day prior to meeting.
—If you wish to receive an invitation and haven't attended a meeting recently, send request by email to greatbookskic@gmail.com.
Date: June 26, 2020
Time: 7:00 pm

Description of Book:
The Trees, the first novel of Conrad Richter's trilogy The Awakening Land, is set in the wilderness of central Ohio (c. 1795). The simple plot — composed of what are essentially episodes in the life of a pioneer family before the virgin hardwood forest was cut down — is told in a third-person narration rich with folklore and suggestive of early backwoods speech. The central character is Sayward Luckett, the eldest daughter in a family who the narrator says "followed the woods as some families follow the sea." 

In Case You Have Trouble Obtaining a Copy of the Book:
An e-book copy can be accessed from the Sunflower eLibrary (Overdrive) through Bonner Springs Library. Jack Granath has offered to facilitate issuing library cards and access to the e-book. 
Jack's telephone number at the Bonner Springs Library is 913-441-2665
Ask for Jack Granath and he can make arrangements of issuing a library cards which will enable access to the e-book.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Stoner, by John Williams—May 29, 2020

The next meeting of Great Books KC will be May 29, 2020.  

Meeting Content:
We'll be discussing "Stoner," by John Williams   

Meeting Time and Place:
Zoom on-line conference
—an email with link to join will be sent the day prior to meeting.
—If you wish to receive an invitation and haven't attended a meeting recently, send request by email to greatbookskic@gmail.com.
Date: May 29, 2020
Time: 7:00 pm

Description of Book:
Stoner is a 1965 novel by the American writer John Williams. Stoner has been categorized under the genre of the academic novel, or the campus novel. Stoner follows William Stoner's undistinguished career and workplace politics, his marriage to Edith, his affair with his colleague Katherine, and his love and pursuit of literature.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

April 24, 2020— "Essay on Man," by Alexander Pope

The next meeting of Great Books KC will be April 24, 2020.  

Meeting Content:
    We'll be discussing "Essay on Man," by Alexander Pope

Meeting Time and Place:
    Zoom on-line conference
        —If you have attended one of our meetings this year (2020) an email will be sent a day prior to meeting with a link to join the meeting.
        If you have not attended a meeting this year and wish to join the Zoom meeting, send a request to greatbookskc@gmail.com.
    Date: April 24, 2020
    Time: 7:00 pm

Description of Book:
"Essay on Man," by Alexander Pope is a poem published in 1733–1734It is concerned with the natural order God has decreed for man. Because man cannot know God's purposes, he cannot complain about his position in the Great Chain of Being and must accept that "Whatever IS, is RIGHT". It popularized optimistic philosophy throughout England and the rest of Europe. Pope's Essay on Man and Moral Epistles were designed to be the parts of a system of ethics which he wanted to express in poetry. Moral Epistles has been known under various other names including Ethic Epistles and Moral Essays.

Monday, March 2, 2020

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, by Mary Wollstonecraft

WE'RE MEETING BY ZOOM AT THE REGULAR TIME 
LINK to Join Zoom Meeting

The next meeting of Great Books KC will be March 27, 2020.  

Meeting Content:
We'll be discussing "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman: with Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects," (1792), by Mary Wollstonecraft.

Meeting Time and Place:
Location: Plaza Branch Kansas City Public Library
               (on-line by Zoom)
Date: March 27, 2020
Time: 7:00 pm
Address: 4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO

Description of Book:
"A Vindication of the Rights of Woman" (1792), written by the 18th-century British proto-feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, is one of the earliest works of feminist philosophy. In it, Wollstonecraft responds to those educational and political theorists of the 18th century who did not believe women should receive a rational education. She argues that women ought to have an education commensurate with their position in society, claiming that women are essential to the nation because they educate its children and because they could be "companions" to their husbands, rather than mere wives. Instead of viewing women as ornaments to society or property to be traded  in marriage,  Wollstonecraft maintains that they are human beings deserving of the same fundamental rights as men.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

February 28, 2020 — Ecclesiastes

The next meeting of Great Books KC will be February 28, 2020.  

Meeting Content:
    We'll be discussing Ecclesiastes, from the Bible.

Meeting Time and Place:
    Location: Plaza Branch Kansas City Public Library
    Small Meeting Room
    Date: February 28, 2020
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Address: 4801 Main Street
    Kansas City, MO

Description of Book:
    Ecclesiastes is one of 24 books of the Tanakh. Originally written c. 450–200 BCE, it is also among the canonical Wisdom 
literature of the Old Testament of Christianity. The title Ecclesiastes is a Latin transliteration of the Greek translation of the Hebrew Kohelet, the pseudonym used by the author of the book.  

Thursday, January 16, 2020

January 31, 2020—The Varieties of Religious Experience

The next meeting of Great Books KC will be January 31, 2020.

Meeting Content:

We'll be discussing The Varieties of Religious Experience, by Henry James.

Meeting Time and Place:
Location: Plaza Branch Kansas City Public Library, Small Meeting Room
Date: January 31, 2020
Time: 7:00 pm
Address: 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO

Description of Book:
The Varieties of Religious Experience is a book by Harvard University psychologist and philosopher William James. It comprises his edited Gifford Lectures on natural theology, which were delivered at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland between 1901 and 1902. The lectures concerned the psychological study of individual private religious experiences and mysticism, and used a range of examples to identify commonalities in religious experiences across traditions. Soon after its publication, Varieties entered the Western canon of psychology and philosophy and has remained in print for over a century.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

2020 Book Schedule and Meeting Dates

January 31, 2020—The Varieties of Religious Experience, by William James
February 28, 2020—Ecclesiastes, from the Bible
March 27, 2020—Vindication of the Rights of Women, by Mary Wollstonecraft
April 24, 2020—Essay on Man, by Alexander Pope
May 29, 2020—Stoner, by John Williams
June 26, 2020—The Trees, from Awakening Land Trilogy by Conrad Richter 
July 31,2020—The Fields, from Awakening Land Trilogy by Conrad Richter 
August 28, 2020—The Town, from Awakening Land Trilogy by Conrad Richter
September 25, 2020—The Consolation of Philosophy, by Boethius
October 30, 2020—A Madman’s Diary, by Lu Xun
December 4, 2020—Richard III, by Shakespeare

Sunday, October 27, 2019

December 6, 2019 — The Ink Dark Moon, by Ono no Komachi & Izumi Shikibu

Meeting Content
We'll be discussing The Ink Dark Moon, by Ono no Komachi & Izumi Shikibu.
We will also be creating the schedule of books for 2020. Suggestions of books may be sent to greatbookskc@gmail.com.
Please note the following links to assist in plans for preparing the 2020 schedule:
G.B. KC Categories of Books 
G.B. KC What Makes a Great Book 
G.B. KC History of Previous Books 

Meeting Location & Time:
Location: Plaza Branch Kansas City Public Library
Small Meeting Room
Date: December 6, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm
Address: 4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO

Description of Book:
The two poets whose work is collected in The Ink Dark Moon are central figures in the only Golden Age in literary history in which women writers were the predominant geniuses: Japan’s Heian era, which lasted from 794 to 1185. Ono no Komachi (834?-?) served at the imperial court in the capital city of Heiankyo (present-day Kyoto) during the first half century of its existence. Izumi Shikibu (974?-1034?) wrote during the time of the court culture’s greatest flowering.
These two women, the first a pivotal figure who became legendary in Japanese literary history, the second Japan’s major woman poet, illuminated certain areas of human experience with a beauty, truthfulness, and compression unsurpassed in the literature of any other age. 


Saturday, September 28, 2019

October 25, 2019 — The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James

The next meeting of Great Books KC will be October 25, 2019. 
We'll be discussing The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James.

Meeting Information:
Location: Plaza Branch Kansas City Public Library
Small Meeting Room
Date: October 25, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm
Address: 4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO


The Turn of the Screw is an 1898 horror novella by Henry James that first appeared in serial format in Collier's Weekly magazine (January 27 – April 16, 1898). In October 1898 it appeared in The Two Magics, a book published by Macmillan in New York City and Heinemann in London. Classified as both gothic fiction and a ghost story, the novella focuses on a governess who, caring for two children at a remote estate, becomes convinced that the grounds are haunted.

In the century following its publication, The Turn of the Screw became a cornerstone text of academics who subscribed to New Criticism. The novella has had differing interpretations, often mutually exclusive. Many critics have tried to determine the exact nature of the evil hinted at by the story. However, others have argued that the brilliance of the novella results from its ability to create an intimate sense of confusion and suspense within the reader.