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Lorraine and Tom Pangle, Co-Directors BAT 2.116, C4100, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-6648

Jefferson Book Club

The Jefferson Book Club, open to all interested University of Texas undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty, is a forum for informal discussions of the great books. Inaugurated in the spring of 2009 with a discussion of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, the book club has continued this fall with a discussion on Cervantes’ Don Quixote and is planning a meeting to discuss Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography.  We welcome suggestions for future readings; for more information or to offer suggestions, please contact Matthew Levinton, mlevinton@aol.com or visit http://thejeffersonbookclub.blogspot.com/ to participate in online discussions about the texts and to suggest times for the next meeting!

Recommended Reading

A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe Recommended by Professor Susan Boettcher, Department of History.

The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri (Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso) Recommended by Professor Stanislav Zimic, Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

The Decameron by Boccaccio, recommended by Irene Eibenstein-Alvisi, Department of French and Italian.

Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin, recommended by Professor Lorraine Pangle, Department of Government.

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, recommended by Professor Lorraine Pangle, Department of Government.

The Knight of the Burning Pestle, a play by Francis Beaumont. Recommended by Paul Woodruff, School of Undergraduate Studies.

Gandhi An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments With Truth, by Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi.  Recommended by Patrick Olivelle, Asian Studies


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