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Structured reading

I just started reading Budd Schulberg's midcentury boxing classic The Harder They Fall, but after that I'm going to dive into my latest structured reading. The basic idea is to read three books with related subjects or themes in succession, and see how the books echo and reflect on each other. In the past I've done structured reading on the Depression (Edmund Wilson, FDR and the New Deal, Jack Conroy), early 20th Century American satire (Finley Peter Dunne, Ring Lardner, George Ade) and old-school Jewish writers (Isaac Singer, Sholom Aleichem, Aharon Appelfeld).

My next installment will be focused on African-American writers: Richard Wright's memoir Black Boy, James Baldwin's essay collection Notes of a Native Son (which I believe is partly a response to Wright's groundbreaking novel Native Son - which I was less than pleased with when I reread it two years ago - and to Wright in general) and Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God. Looking forward to it, as always.

January 21, 2014 in Books | Permalink

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