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Bailey Cove Classics - Gulliver's Travels

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Monday, January 5, 2009 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
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Author: 
Jonathan Swift
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Gulliver's Travels

The fantastic voyages of Lemuel Gulliver to four marvelous realms: Lilliput, where the people are six inches tall; Brobdingnag, a land inhabited by giants; Laputa, a wondrous flying island; and a country where the Houyhnhnms, a race of intelligent horses, are served by savage humanoid creatures called Yahoos. A brilliant combination of adventure, humor, and philosophy. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics - Gulliver's Travels

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Bailey Cove Classics - Robinson Crusoe

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Monday, November 3, 2008 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
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Author: 
Daniel Defoe
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Robinson Crusoe

Classic adventure story of a man marooned on an uninhabited island for 24 years: his struggle to survive, the dramatic encounter with Friday and their eventual escape. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics - Robinson Crusoe

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Bailey Cove Classics - One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

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Monday, October 6, 2008 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

One of the most significant and outspoken literary documents ever to come out of Soviet Russia. A brutal depiction of life in a Stalinist camp and a moving tribute to man's triumph of will over relentless dehumanization, this is Solzhenitsyn's first novel to win international acclaim. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics - One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

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Bailey Cove Classics: The Blithedale Romance

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Monday, August 4, 2008 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Author: 
Nathaniel Hawthorne
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The Blithedale Romance

Renouncing the city for a pastoral life, a group of utopians set out to reform a dissipated America. But the group is a powerful mix of competing ambitions and its idealism finds little satisfaction in farmwork. Instead, of changing the world, the members of the Blithedale community individually pursue egotistical paths that ultimately lead to tragedy. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: The Blithedale Romance

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Bailey Cove Classics: Idylls of the King

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Monday, July 7, 2008 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Author: 
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
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Idylls of the King

UAH professor Dr. Jennifer Garlen will discuss the evolution of the Arthurian legend. About the book: with regal melancholy and superb craftsmanship, Tennyson's poems evoke past and present-the Isle of the Lotos-eaters, Camelot, and his own twilit English gardens-seeking to reconcile the Victorian zeal for public progress with private despair. Praised over all other poets for his unerring portraits of the gentleman and the beggar alike, Tennyson still favored neither. Using eloquence, melancholy, and myths, Alfred Lord Tennyson proved to be the stylist most imitated by poets of his day. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: Idylls of the King

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Bailey Cove Classics: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

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Monday, June 9, 2008 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Author: 
Burton Raffel
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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

It is Christmas in Camelot and a truly royal feast has been laid out for King Arthur and his Knights. And though there is plenty of good cheer to go around, the festivities hardly begin before a monstrous, axe-wielding, green-skinned Knight barges in. He has come to see the famous Knights of the Round Table and offer them a simple but deadly challenge -a challenge taken on by the brave Sir Gawain -a challenge that will force him to chose between his honor and his life. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

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Bailey Cove Classics - Candide

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Monday, September 8, 2008 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Author: 
Voltaire
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Candide

One of the finest satires ever written. The swift and lively tale follows the absurdly melodramatic adventures of the youthful Candide. As Candide experiences and witnesses calamity upon calamity, he begins to discover that-- contrary to the teachings of his tutor, Dr. Pangloss-- all is not always for the best. Filled with wit, intelligence, and an abundance of dark humor, Candide teaches us that it is possible to challenge blind optimism without losing the will to live and pursue a happy life. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics - Candide

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Bailey Cove Classics: Revelations of Divine Love

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Monday, May 5, 2008 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Julian of Norwich
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Revelations of Divine Love

Revelations of Divine Love by Julian of Norwich
Special guest Dr. William Munson returns for the second half of discussions about the writings and visions of Julian of Norwich, who was the first female English-language author. This book stems from a series of visions she had at age thirty, suggesting the concept of universal salvation in a time when the Black Death was seen as divine retribution for humankind's sins. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: Revelations of Divine Love

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Bailey Cove Classics - Revelations of Divine Love

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Monday, April 7, 2008 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Julian of Norwich
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Revelations of Divine Love

Special guest Dr. William Munson returns to discuss the writings and visions of Julian of Norwich, who was the first female English-language author. This book stems from a series of visions she had at age thirty, suggesting the concept of universal salvation in a time when the Black Death was seen as divine retribution for humankind's sins.  Read more about Bailey Cove Classics - Revelations of Divine Love

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Bailey Cove Classics - Goblin Market

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Monday, March 3, 2008 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
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Author: 
Christina Rossetti
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Goblin Market

Rossetti's most famous poem is the story of two sisters who hear goblin cries at night and follow them to a mysterious market. One sister buys fruit from the goblins and eats it, while the other does not; the poem follows how their choices changed their lives. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics - Goblin Market

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