Elizabeth Bishop

Some poems by Elizabeth Bishop to read for our next class:

"The Fish"

"Visits to St. Elizabeths"

"At the Fishhouses"

"Questions of Travel"

"In the Waiting Room"

"The Moose"

"One Art"


"The Man-Moth"

"Love Lies Sleeping"

"The Riverman"

"The Monument"

"Questions of Travel"


"Pink Dog"



Brilliant Minds Fall 2016

Update: the book list now includes the recommended editions in this post, and links for ordering at the bottom of this page.

Thank you all for a wonderful Spring Semester and for your generosity! I feel very fortunate to share our reading experiences. With that in mind, here is our Fall 2016 list. I'm excited about this list, since we will have eight books to focus on, with an equal number of men and women authors. Until then, enjoy your Summer reading!

Sophocles, Electra. trans. Raeburn (Penguin)
Vittoria Colonna, Sonnets for Michelangelo, trans. Brundin (U Chicago)
William Shakespeare, Othello, ed. Mowat & Werstein (Folger)
Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, Selected Works, trans. Grossman (Norton)
Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights, ed. Nestor (Penguin)
Anton Chekhov, Three Sisters, trans. Senelick (Norton)
Pearl Buck, The Good Earth (Washington Square)
Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sympathizer (Grove)

Brilliant Minds - Reading List for Spring 2016

  1. Rig Veda, trans. Doniger (Penguin)
  2. Agamemnon, Aeschylus, trans. Arcese (Athanata Arts)*
  3. Mabinogion, trans. Gantz (Penguin)
  4. The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1001 Nights, Vol. 1, trans. Lyons (Penguin)
  5. Hamlet, William Shakespeare, ed. Mowat (Folger)
  6. The Complete Poetry and Selected Prose of John Donne, ed. Coffin (Modern Library)
  7. Villette, Charlotte Bronte, intro. Schaeffer (Bantam)
  8. Swann's Way: In Search of Lost Time, Vol. 1, Marcel Proust, trans. Davis (Penguin)
  9. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce, ed. Deane (Penguin)
  10. Lila, Marilynne Robinson (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Download Printable List

You can also download a PDF compilation of Wikipedia articles for these books here: Brilliant Minds Wiki Spring 2016. And you can order a printed book of the same articles through PediaPress.

*I'm happy to let you know that my version of Agamemnon is now also available on Kindle.