Labyrinth Books presents a reading and discussion
with Edward Mendelson, author of The Things that Matter.
A book signing and reception will follow.
An illuminating exploration of how
seven of the greatest English novels of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries,
Frankenstein, Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, Middlemarch, Mrs. Dalloway,
To the Lighthouse, and Between the Acts, portray the essential
experiences of life.
For Edward Mendelson, a professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia
University, these classic novels tell life stories that are valuable to readers
who are thinking about the course of their own lives. Looking beyond theories
to the individual intentions of the authors and taking into consideration their
lives and times, Mendelson examines the sometimes contradictory ways in which
the novels portray such major passages of life as love, marriage, and parenthood.
In Frankenstein's story of a new life, we see a searing representation
of emotional neglect. In Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre
the transition from childhood to adulthood is portrayed in vastly different
ways even though the sisters who wrote the books shared the same isolated life.
In Mrs. Dalloway we see an ideal and almost impossible adult love.
Mendelson leads us to a fresh and fascinating new understanding of each of the
seven novels, reminding us, in the most captivating way, why they matter.
The Things That Matter is a book that will delight all passionate
is a professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University.
He is the literary executor of W. H. Auden's estate and the editor of Auden's
complete works. Among his previous books are Early Auden, Later Auden,
and editions of novels by Anthony Trollope, George Meredith, Thomas Hardy, H.
G. Wells, and Arnold Bennett. He lives in New York City with his wife and son.