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Masterpieces of 20th-Century Literature

Read 20th-century classic novels that have passed the test of time and are still relevant to today’s readers. Readings will include an American classic that investigates what choices and situations make it possible for a fascist dictatorship to take hold in a democratic society; a powerful and sensual coming-of-age novel that has been called one of the most important and influential books in Western culture; a magisterial novel of a family in transition to modern times that has been called the greatest Japanese novel of the 20th century; a tumultuous study of a Parisian love triangle by a canonical feminist writer that explores both sexual freedom and existential angst; and a dark, devastating epic set during the Second World War that has been called the greatest Russian novel of the 20th century whose author is often described as the modern Tolstoy. Readings include Sinclair Lewis, It Can’t Happen Here; D. H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers; Junichiro Tanizaki, The Makioka Sisters; Simone de Beauvoir, She Came to Stay; and Vasily Grossman, Life and Fate.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Increased cultural literacy
  • Familiarity with 20th-century classic literature

Ideal for

  • The curious and creative
  • Professionals who use critical thinking
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