Our discussions of Whitman's work will take place every other Sunday at 4:30-7:00 p.m. at University Press Books. This meeting is the first of four. Participation is free, but donations of $10 to $20 per meeting are suggested to help support the bookstore, which provides us with a pleasant meeting space and complimentary wine, sandwiches, and cookies.
The reading and discussion of Whitman's poetry is part of an ongoing series, led by Ken Knabb and hosted by the University Press Books store, in which we have explored classic works including Cervantes’s Don Quixote, Montaigne’s Essays, Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, Madame de Lafayette's The Princesse de Clèves, Sterne’s Tristram Shandy,. Balzac's Lost Illusions, Flaubert's Madame Bovary, Marx's The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonapart, and selected poetry of William Blake. After Whiman's verse the group will read a sampling of Charles Baudelair's poetry (in translation) before savorying a variety of other French poets and songwriters.