Next week, Professor C.’s web seminar series returns. For those of you new to the blog, my father was for many years a professor of English at a well-known Far West university. From time to time he obligingly ups the intellectual atmosphere around here, in a series of essays comparing novels and novellas to their film derivatives. The works under consideration have ranged from Wharton’s Age of Innocence, House of Mirth, and Ethan Frome, to E. M. Forester’s Passage to India. Next week we will continue down the road of High WASP favorites, through that rarefied land burnt brown by irony and subjunctive wistfulness, to review the Henry James novella, Washington Square. The companion move is Olivia de Havilland’s 1948 The Heiress. The movie, by the way, won an Oscar.
So if you buy the book on Amazon, or for your Kindle, or retrieve it from dusty shelves, and buy the movie or watch it here, next Thursday we’ll reconvene for analysis and discussion. Even if you don’t do your homework, you’ll be welcome in the seminar room. I will say that I can only aspire to write as well as does Professor C.
Have a wonderful weekend.