HUCK FINN: THE BANNED CLASSIC
Booktalk is a monthly discussion group for those interested in current and cultural topics in general and literary subjects in particular. Booktalk usually meets at 12:00 PM on the third floor of the Gettysburg Library in the USS Eisenhower Room. All programs for are free and open to the public.
On November 24 Booktalk will begin a series of programs called “Lunch (bring your own) and Learn.” They will be based on several CD lectures entitled “Classics of American Literature,” “Masterpieces of Short Fiction” and “Masterpieces of Russian Literature.”
The first offering in the series begins with Mark Twain and a lecture on the “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” The lecturer is Dr. Arnold L. Weinstein, who at the time of publication of his lecture was the Edna and Richard Salomon Distinguished Professor and also Professor of Comparative Literature at Brown University.
Dr. Weinstein says “Ever since its appearance ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ has offended.” In 1885 the Concord Public Library banned the book and over the years many school districts in America have followed suit. Dr. Weinstein recognizes that there are issues that the book raises about race and slavery; he has also said that there is an even more central text in the book: the topic of freedom—not just for escaped slaves but also for young white boys. Dr. Weinstein calls the book “a rite of passage story” and entitles his lecture “Huckleberry Finn---The Banned Classic.”
On Monday December 29 the topic for the “Lunch and Learn” series will be Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story entitled “The Yellow Wall Paper.” Her best known work, Ms Gilman wrote this story after her stay in a hospital for postnatal depression. Dr. Weinstein’s lecture on the story is called “War Against Patriarchy.”
News of further programs will be forthcoming.
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY NEWS
The Friends of the Library has a book store which presents a wide variety of gently used, attractive and interesting books for sale. It is located on the first floor of the Gettysburg Library just inside the Baltimore Street entrance. The bookstore is usually open from 9:30 AM to 8:30 PM on Monday thru Thursday; 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM Friday and Saturday; and on Sunday 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM.
As a member of the Friends you will be entitled to a 20% discount on most materials. Stop by!! Join!! Be a Friend!! Your membership dollars go directly to the Adams County Library System for programs and materials.
For your information the Adams County Library is sponsoring several book discussion groups:
Mystery Novels on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM at the Gettysburg Library;
Non-fiction Books the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM at the Gettysburg Library. Info: 334-5716