02 February 2015

Course: Dance, Volumes 1 to 6

Course: Dance, Volumes 1 to 6

Thursdays 19 March, 16 April, 14 May and 4 June 2015

Tutor: Dr Nicholas Birns

Venue: New York Society Library
53 East 79th Street, New York, USA

Time: 1100 to 1230 hrs

Nick Birns, author of Understanding Anthony Powell, and world expert on Powell's literature, is teaching a course this spring on the first 6 novels of Dance at the New York Society Library.

Course Description
Anthony Powell's A Dance To The Music of Time is one of the longest and most absorbing novels in the English language — with twelve books, hundreds of characters, and an astonishing broad coverage of British and world culture from 1914 to 1971. We will read the first six books of the series taking the story from Eton in the 1920s up to the beginning of World War Two, and meeting such unforgettable personages as enigmatic, aristocratic Stringham, the hearty businessman Templer, the promiscuous bohemian Gypsy Jones, and the saga's two major characters — our astute, sophisticated narrator, Nicholas Jenkins, and his nemesis, the obtuse, ambitious Kenneth Widmerpool. We will immerse ourselves in the social history of England in the 20th century; life, love and loss in these changing times; the tragedy of two world wars; and a philosophical perspective that embraces both the merriment and melancholy of the human condition. Reference books by Hilary Spurling and instructor Nicholas Birns will help make sense of Powell's tragicomic epic increasingly valued as one of the great masterpieces of world literature.

Cost: 50USD for all four sessions; 15USD for one session
In addition to the cost of the course attendees must also be a member of the library (270USD for a full year, 200USD for a half year).  Nick says "I have been a member for some years and find it more than pays of itself in terms of books you would have otherwise bought being able to borrow, and good availability unlike the public library system. Also I have made very many good friends through my membership."

Further details and booking please contact Katie Fricas at New York Society Library.

See also Nick Birns's Weblog, The Tropes of Tenth Street.