COURSES Fall 2022 / Literature

The courses listed below, all in the general area of Literature, are currently offered by the Quest Lifelong Learning Community. Click on a title to view the related course page.


Coordinators: Betty Farber, Martha Drezin, Frieda Lipp

Contemporary poetry enriches the lives of its readers. Participants are invited to email coordinators their favorite poems several days ahead of class, so we can create a packet to distribute.


Coordinators: Nancy Richardson, Mary Buchwald, Frieda Lipp

At each session, one or two class members present background and other information about a story they have selected, followed by a lively class discussion.


Coordinators: Helen Saffran, Judy Hampson, Donna Ramer

Workshop your writing in a warm and supportive setting. We welcome all genres, from prose and poetry to script writing, fiction, even op-eds. Participate in class writing exercises and discuss writing approaches and styles.


Coordinators: Harriet Finkelstein, Bob Reiss, Ruth Ward

At each session the presenter will tell you about a book you always wanted to read or about a book you never heard of but will be glad that you now have.


Coordinators: Jane Lubin, Larry Shapiro

Great Conversations offers works by both contemporary and classic authors across many genres and disciplines, ideal for promoting discussion among readers.


Coordinators: Lynnel Garabedian, Sandy Kessler

All American Literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. Ernest Hemingway famously declared in 1935. “It’s the best book we’ve had.”


Coordinators: Judy Winn, Judy Hampson, Helen Saffran

The focus is on reading aloud and sharing your own poems in a supportive environment, where you’ll get detailed feedback.


Coordinators: Patricia Geehr, Arlene Curinga

We will read The Custom of the Country, published in 1913 after The House of Mirth (1905) and before The Age of Innocence (1920).


Coordinators: Roy Clary, Jim Brook

The class will read aloud and discuss Richard II. It is the first play of a series of four plays that chronicle the rise of the house of Lancaster to the British throne; the others being the two parts of Henry IV and Henry V. It marks a triad with Romeo and Juliet, a lyrical tragedy and A Midsummer NIght’s Dream, the most lyrical of all comedies. Richard is not a good king, but is a remarkable poet. The Folger Library Edition is the preferred text.