A Note from Your Instructor on Readings
This class relates to connections between fine music and literature, and will touch on a wide variety of novels, plays and poetry. Few participants would have the time to read much of it before class begins. The compositions Betsy chose were inspired by very famous literary works, many of which you likely already know, at least in passing, from having read them in school. So, there is no required pre-reading.
First class: Shakespeare: Othello (any version, even modern English); Tennessee Williams: A Streetcar Named Desire
Second class: Whitman: (1) Joy, Shipmate! Joy! (2) Beat! Drums! Beat!
Frost: (1) The Road Not Taken (2) Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening;
Third class: Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby (yes, the novel, not the movie)
King: The Shining (yes, the novel, not the movie)