CANCELLED: American Stories Book Group led by James Kraft

  • Sunday, April 19, 2020
  • Sunday, May 10, 2020
  • 2 sessions
  • Sunday, April 19, 2020, 2:00 PM 3:30 PM (EDT)
  • Sunday, May 10, 2020, 2:00 PM 3:30 PM (EDT)
  • Devonshire Estates. 329 Pittsfield Road, Lenox



More Than Short, Less Than Long:

Some American Stories


October 12 - May 10, 2019
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm  

Devonshire Estates.

329 Pittsfield Road, Lenox

Longtime OLLI instructor James Kraft will lead a new monthly group entitled "More Than Short, Less Than Long: Some American Stories" in Lenox starting on Saturday, September 14th at 2pm, and continuing each month Saturdays at 2pm (except where noted) through May 2020.  Click here to RSVP and be notified of updates. 

Participation is free for all OLLI members. (If you are not yet a member, please join to take part in this program by calling 413.236.2190 or join online here. You must be an OLLI member to attend.) 

This is an eight-session survey of the American short story, from Washington Irving in 1819 to four recent writers.  The survey is chronological and includes most of the finest American writers and some of their best-known works. 

Reading Schedule:

  • Saturday, October 12, 2pm: Washington Irving, "Rip Van Winkle" (1819); Nathaniel Hawthorne, "Young Goodman Brown" (1835); Edgar Allan Poe, "The Fall of the House of Usher" (1839)
  • Saturday, November 30, 2pm: Mark Twain, "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" (1875); Sarah Orne Jewitt, "Miss Tempy's Watchers" (1894); Kate Chopin, "The Storm" (1897) 

  • Saturday, December 14, 2pm: Henry James, "The Pupil" (1891); Herman Melville, "Bartleby the Scrivner" (1853); Edith Wharton, "Roman Fever" (1934)

  • Sunday, January 12: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, "The Yellow Wallpaper" (1892); Willa Cather, "Paul's Case" (1905); Constance Fenimore Woolson, "Rodman the Keeper" (1890); Henry James, "The Aspern Papers" (1888)

  • Saturday, February 8: Ernest Hemingway, "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" (1936); F. Scott Fitzgerald, "Babylon Revisited" (1931); John Cheever, "The Swimmer" (1952)

  • POSTPONED: Sunday, March 15: William Faulkner, "A Rose for Emily" (1930); Eudora Welty, "Why I Live at the P.O." (1995); Flannery O'Connor, "A Good Man is Hard to Find" (1955)

  • Sunday, April 12: John O'Hara, "Early Afternoon (1930); J.D. Salinger, "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" (1948); Raymond Carver, "Cathedral" (1981)

  • Sunday, May 10: Annie Proulx, "Brokeback Mountain" (1997); Alice Munro, "Train" (1997); Jumpa Lahiri, "The Third and Final Continent" (1999); David Huddle, "None" (2018)

All meetings are at 2pm at Devonshire Estates, located at 329 Pittsfield Road in Lenox, Mass.
The Book Group is led by longtime OLLI literature instructor James Kraft, who attended Princeton, King’s College, Cambridge University, and Fordham.  He has a doctorate in literature and has taught at the University of Virginia, UniversitĂ© Laval in Quebec City, and Wesleyan in Connecticut.  He was assistant director of the Whitney Museum for eight years, and now teaches at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College and at the New York Society Library in New York City.

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