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E.M. Forster’s A Passage to India (1924) and Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway (1925) are two of the greatest and most widely read novels of the 20th Century.
This August, we will explore the ways in which Forster and Woolf, lifelong friends but also wary rivals, embraced and helped remake modernism. Despite their many literary differences, Woolf thought of Forster as her “best critic,” and after Woolf’s death in 1941, Forster eulogized her as having “pushed the light of the English language a little further against darkness.” Join NBC’s Weekend Today show book review contributor and editor of The New York Times books website Bill Goldstein as he discusses one of his great interests—the biographical and literary links between the two, and also as he discusses the influence on each of Proust’s In Search of Lost Time, which both read while at work on these two masterpieces in the years after World War I.
Before first class please read Overture to Swann’s Way & Mrs. Dalloway.
Before second class please read A Passage to India.
A Passage to India is available to purchase here.
Note: A Passage to India fell out of US copyright this year but is also available at this link, free, so people can read it on the web or download it as an ebook.
Mrs. Dalloway is available to purchase here.
Read the Overture to Swann’s Way, the first volume In Search of Lost Time, in any edition, including this one available free online, the first translation into English, by C. K. Scott Moncrieff, published in 1922.
Other translations are available here and here.
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Bill Goldstein is writing a biography of Larry Kramer, to be published by Crown. He reviews books and interviews authors for NBC’s Weekend Today …
Bill Goldstein is writing a biography of Larry Kramer, to be published by Crown. He reviews books and interviews authors for NBC’s Weekend Today in New York, and was founding editor of The New York Times books website. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Goldstein received a PhD in English from the City University of New York Graduate Center. He is a 2019-2020 fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library. His book, The World Broke in Two: Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, D. H. Lawrence, E. M. Forster, and the Year that Changed Literature, published in 2017, was acclaimed as “Fresh . . . significant . . . comprehensive and exuberant . . . entirely full of life,” in The New York Times Book Review. The Times Literary Supplement called it a "fascinating and engrossing tale . . . an original, moving and at times wryly amusing account... incorporating a wealth of detail which builds, layer upon layer, until the picture is satisfyingly complete.”