Jay Gatsby’s life-defining obsession with the rich, capricious and emotionally careless Daisy is behind one of the most unequivocally beautiful novels in literature while Wuthering Heights is at the top of every list of the most romantic novels of all time even though it portrays a devastatingly destructive obsession. Since the dawn of mythology we have been fascinated by obsessive love and admired those that are single minded in their pursuit of the beloved. W. Somerset Maugham in Of Human Bondage states, “He did not care if she was heartless, vicious and vulgar, stupid and grasping, he loved her. He would rather have misery with one than happiness with the other.” which pretty much says it all…
Please join Literary Affairs and Professor Charles Lynn Batten as we explore the nature of love and obsession in three novels from the 20th century. All of these discussions begin at 10:30am at the Hotel Bel Air, and include a delicious continental breakfast. Space is limited so get your tickets today!
Thursday January 14 – Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Thursday February 11 – Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Thursday March 10 – Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Individual Events: $95
Full Series: $255