New Meetup: Seven Gothic Tales by Isak Dinesen

From: Amy
Sent on: Friday, June 5, 2009 5:04 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Classic Literature and Cafes Book Club!

What: Seven Gothic Tales by Isak Dinesen

When: August 6,[masked]:00 PM

Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)

Meetup Description: I love a good Gothic novel so I'n not sure what could be better than Seven Gothic Tales! Location TBD but it will be somewhere in San Francisco and close to public transport.

Here's my little attendance spiel.

Please only RSVP Yes if you are serious about reading the book and showing up!

Yes, I know we are all busy and shit happens, but if you are one of those people for whom shit happens every month I will get tired of you and start changing your RSVPs or deleting you in a quasi-Machiavellian fashion. Also no-shows are totally unacceptable. Let's all be responsible adults and come together to play in the Classic literature sandbox with verve and aplomb .

From the back cover:
"Originally published in 1934, Seven Gothic Tales, the first book by "one of the finest and most singular artists of our time" (The Atlantic) is a modern classic. Here are seven exquisite tales combining the keen psychological insight characteristic of the modern short story with the haunting mystery of the nineteenth-century Gothic tale, in the tradition of such writers as Goethe, Hoffman and Poe.

"These tales are a modern refinement of German romanticism. ... They are peopled, or haunted, by ghosts of a past age, voluptuaries dreaming of the singers and ballerinas of the operas of Mozart and Gluck, young men who are too melancholy to enjoy life or too perverse to profit by it, maidens dedicated to chastity and and others hopeful of a gentlemanly seduction; their generally fantastic adventures are exquisitely played."

-The New York Times

First published in 1934, under the pseudonym Isak Dinesen (the author's real name is Karen Blixen)

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