First class and Sappho

Welcome back! You can now download our Syllabus with recommended editions and schedule for discussion: Syllabus

For our first session of Brilliant Minds, Spring 2018, we'll be discussing poems and fragments of Sappho. I've ordered Anne Carson's wonderful edition, which offers the Greek text on facing pages. You can visually discern some of the linguistic patterning and poetic devices even without knowing the language.

Back in 2000, I translated selected poems and fragments (three of which were published by William Packard in The New York Quarterly). I recently found my old word processing files and converted them to create an eBook version in both PDF and EPUB formats. A complimentary PDF version is available here: Download Sappho_fragments_180203

(Both versions are available on the Lulu store: EPUB, PDF)

 


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"

"Sandpiper"

"The Man-Moth"

"Love Lies Sleeping"

"The Riverman"

"The Monument"

"Questions of Travel"

"Sestina"

"Pink Dog"

"Sonnet"

 


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.