Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature : The Great Courses: English Literature

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Arnold Weinstein
  • Series: The Great Courses: English Literature
  • 18 hrs and 31 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

What if you could travel anywhere, whether Europe, South America, or the remote reaches of the African continent? And what if you could choose not only your destination, but your era, as well - so that you might choose from the sparkling court society of 18th-century France, a 19th-century whaling ship out of New Bedford, or the streets of Dublin in the early part of the 20th century? And what about the most remarkable journey of all: the voyage inside the mind of another human being, in which you plumb the thoughts and emotions that usually remain hidden deep within?What remarkable secrets would you learn about the puzzling, sometimes shocking thing we call human nature? The lives lived in distant lands and eras? And, most important, ourselves-the human race of which you are a part?
If you're a serious reader, you already know that these are the kinds of adventures that await you in the classic novels of great literature. And if you're not, the 36 spellbinding lectures of this series, delivered by a gifted and prize-winning teacher, might just convince you why you ought to be, as you take an epic journey through three centuries, sojourn in foreign lands, and enter remarkable realms of the imagination.
The lectures take you beyond what is often offered in literary courses-plots, anecdotes, facts about where and when a novel was written. Instead, you'll gain something far more profound: an opportunity to experience the startling brilliance that makes each of these works-from geniuses like Dickens, Joyce, Tolstoy, Balzac, Proust, and many others-a classic.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.


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Wonderful content and lecturer

What made the experience of listening to Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature the most enjoyable?

The entire set of lectures are thought provoking The passion of prof Weinstein for the novels he chooses is quite infectious You want to share it

Really creative thinker

What was one of the most memorable moments of Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature?

All good/excellent but the. Interpretation of Emily. Bronte was exceptional

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There are many moving moments

Any additional comments?

Thank the Prof

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- professor robin matthews

Thoroughly enjoyed it

Would you consider the audio edition of Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature to be better than the print version?

Can't say.

What did you like best about this story?

Prof Weinstein is really passionate about the subject and challenges you to look deeply into the meaning of things expressed in books.

What about Professor Arnold Weinstein’s performance did you like?

Prof Weinstein's knowledge on the subject.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The audiobook made me think differently.

Any additional comments?

This was my first book from the The Great Courses and it definitely made an impression on me.

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- Magdalena

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses