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BEST LITERARY WORKS OF PAST 50 YEARS

A FEW OF THE BEST LITERARY WORKS OF THE PAST 50 YEARS

This course will examine/discuss a few of the best and enduring novels and pieces of drama, from the 1970s up to the 2010s.The selection is mine,based on what I consider to have been of particular interest and chosen from a variety of lists ( The Guardian/Literary Scholars/Good Reads /Works of the Theatre). Each session will deal with two novels or two plays.

The course will be held on ZOOM every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, at 10 am and will begin on THURSDAY,9TH JUNE AT 10 am

From the 1970s…..

1) Foreigner by Nahid Rachlin ……….Mrs.Palfrey at the Claremont by
Elizabeth Taylor.
2) Final Payment by Mary Gordon…….The Rachel Papers by Martin Amis
3) Absurd Person Singular (A.Ayckborne)……The Changing Room(David Storey)

From the 1980s……

4) Blow Your House Down by Pat Barker…..The House of Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
5) The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan……Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
6) Educating Rita by Willy Russell…Children of a Lesser God by Mark Medoff
7) Translations by Brian Friel……Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker

From the 1990s…..

8) The Secret History by Donna Tartt……..The Green Mile by Stephen King
9) The Queen and I by Sue Townsend……Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
10)East is East by Ayub Khan Din……….Dancing at Lunghnasa by Brian Friel

From the 2000s….

11) White Teeth by Zadie Smith….Never Let Me Go by Kasuo Ishiguro
12) On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan…..The Road by Cormac McCarthy

From the 2010s….

13) A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan…….The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
14) Americanah by Chimamande Adiche………Life After Life by Kate Atkins
15) King Charles III by Mike Bartlett………Our Lady of Kibeho by Katori Hall

Further sessions to be added later to look at literary works of the early years of the present decade.

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