Saturdays, November 7, 2020- February 27, 2021 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Online via Zoom: registration required Longtime OLLI instructor James Kraft will lead a new monthly course entitled "Reading Henry James," starting on Saturday, November 7th at 3pm, and continuing monthly on Saturdays at 3pm through February 27. Registration is $50 for OLLI at BCC members, and $65 for non-members. Click here to register. Considered one of the greatest writers in English, Henry James is known for his psychological insight into his characters, and for his provocative prose. The prose is considered to have three phases: early narratives that are accessible portraits of his time; more challenging narratives and prose called the middle periods; the late and complex style that embodies his most challenging perceptions. The discussion will examine the three phases in the reading of James's major novels and tales. Reading Schedule: • Saturday 11/7/20: The Europeans (1878) & Daisy Miller (1878) o Note-- there are excellent film adaptations of both: "The Europeans" (1979) directed by Merchant and Ivory and starring Lee Remick; "Daisy Miller" (1974) directed by Peter Bogdanovich and starring Cybill Shepherd • Saturday 12/5/20: The Portrait of a Lady (1880) • Saturday 1/9/21: The Bostonians (1885) • Saturday 2/6/21: “The Author of Beltraffio” (1884), “The Aspern Papers” (1888), “The Lesson of the Master” (1888) and “The Altar of the Dead” (1895) • Saturday 2/27/21: What Maisie Knew (1897) and The Spoils of Poynton (1896) Please read again any work that you have already read. A second reading of James is a different and exciting experience. NOTE: James is not a quick read; we recommend starting the readings well in advance of the discussion session. Reading Henry James is led by longtime OLLI literature instructor James Kraft, who attended Princeton, King’s College, Cambridge University, and Fordham. He has a doctorate in literature and has taught at the University of Virginia, Université Laval in Quebec City, and Wesleyan in Connecticut. He was assistant director of the Whitney Museum for eight years, and now teaches at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College and at the New York Society Library in New York City.


  • Occurred Saturday, November 7th, 2020 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Occurs Saturday, December 5th, 2020 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Occurs Saturday, January 9th, 2021 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Occurs Saturday, February 6th, 2021 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Occurs Saturday, February 27th, 2021 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm


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