We shall look at Emily Dickinson’s poems describing her condition and also ones that describe the act of dying. Sylvia Plath was a brilliant student, a beloved professor and an important poet who took her own life. Margaret Atwood studied the American Puritans at Harvard and wrote The Handmaid’s Tale, a dystopian novel in which females are valued only as fertility figures.
GROUP LEADER: Steve White majored in English at Brown University and has an M.A. in English from Berkeley, California. He did summer work at the Breadloaf School of English and at Oxford. He assigned work by Dickinson, Plath and Atwood at Bancroft School where he taught for over 40 years.
BOOKS (REQUIRED): 1) The Bell Jar (any edition) by Sylvia Plath, Harper. ISBN: 978-0060837020
2) The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, Anchor, ISBN: 978-0385490818
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