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The New York of Edith Wharton and Theodore Dreiser

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Edith Wharton and Theodore Dreiser were the greatest literary chroniclers of New York. In The House of Mirth, The Age of Innocence, and The Custom of the Country, Wharton, a native Manhattanite, provided a brutally honest portrait of upper-class New York. Dreiser, who came to New York from Chicago, gave us, in Sister Carrie, an unforgettable description of metropolitan triumph and ruin, a searing evocation of a broad swath of New York life. This course involves reading and discussion, and the instructor will provide the historical background needed for a full appreciation.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An understanding of how literature of the time captured life in 19th- and 20th-century NYC
  • Greater familiarity with the history, culture, and societal shifts of NYC during this era

Ideal for

  • All members of the community—working, retired, and in between
  • The curious and creative
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