Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Scarlet Letter

Dear Misfits,

Ok, Ok, so I'm a couple of weeks late in my Misfits Monthly report...

But what to say of the Scarlet Letter?  I don’t think I can add anything to the commentary, essays, and reviews that have been written down through the years about this truly classic story.  Our discussion of the novel on May 9th confirmed Henry James conclusion in 1879 that it is “the finest piece of imaginative writing yet put forth in the country...and the best of it was that the thing was absolutely American; it belonged to the soil, to the air; it came out in the very heart of New England.”  We found little to disagree with in James opinion about the novel.  The story remains a contemporary staple for High School English classes.  There follows a cartoon exchange in Zits (one of my favorite cartoons)....

And now to the future: In June, we will meet to discuss William Shakespeare’s great play, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. I don’t think this choice needs much of an introduction. We all know the rudiments of the story of the tragic Dane.  Hamlet is Shakespeare's longest play and among the most powerful and influential tragedies in the English language, with a story capable of "seemingly endless retelling and adaptation by others.” The play was one of Shakespeare's most popular works during his lifetime and still ranks among his most-performed, plays. It has also been been described as "the world's most filmed story after Cinderella”.  Unfortunately, I won’t be at our next meeting to discuss this great story with you....

However, I am sure someone will step forward to lead our discussion of Hamlet at our next meeting on June 13th at 7:00 pm in the St. Thomas More Library, the Church of St. Michael, Stillwater, MN.

And finally, we have decided not to meet in July and August during our very busy summer months.  Therefore, we will not meet again until September 12, 2012.  I have a couple of recommendations for our September book.  ( I should also mention that our September meeting will mark 10 years of reading as Misfits.  A remarkable accomplishment.  Who said real men don’t read?

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