Testament to Friendships

Ten writers, five friendships, 200 years – let’s look at some of the friendships that have existed between great writers over time, how they have supported each other, and helped bring forth great literature. From Shelley and Byron’s shared love of poetry and freedom, to gregarious Elizabeth Gaskell shepherding shy Charlotte Bronte around Society; Charles Dickens mentoring Wilkie Collins, and collaborating in theatre productions; C.S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien amidst the Inklings of Oxford, debating theology and fantasy; and, perhaps the most emotionally transforming of all, Winifred Holtby and Vera Brittain, who wrote her memoir, Testament of Friendship.


SUGGESTED READING

  • Don Juan, Byron
  • Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, Byron
  • Selected Poems and Prose, Percy Shelley
  • Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
  • The Life of Charlotte Bronte, Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Wives and Daughters, Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
  • The Moonstone, Wilkie Collins
  • The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C. S. Lewis
  • The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Testament of Youth, Vera Brittain
  • Testament of Friendship, Vera Brittain
  • South Riding, Winifred Holtby


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Bryon and Shelley: Bryon’s life and writing career, Shelley’s life and writing career, Their shared household, Works resulting from their friendship, Deaths and legacy
  • Bronte and Gaskell: Bronte’s life and writing career, Gaskell’s life and writing career, Their friendship, Gaskell’s biography of Bronte, Their legacies
  • Dickens and Collins: Dickens’s life and writing career, Collin’s life and writing career, Impact of Dickens’s friendship on Collins’s writing, Works resulting from their friendship, Family connections, Challenges to their friendship, Deaths and legacy
  • Lewis and Tolkien: Tolkien’s life and writing career, Lewis’s life and writing career, The Inklings, Works resulting from their friendship, Challenges to their friendship, Deaths and legacy
  • Brittain and Holtby: Brittain’s life and War, Holtby’s life and War, University meeting, Their shared household, Works resulting from their friendship, Deaths and legacy


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Describe the Life story of each of these writers and what they gave to each other professionally and personally.
  2. Evaluate the quality of each writer’s work and what extent their influence was positive on their friend.
  3. Discover their success in negotiating the demands of relationship and career.
  4. Know their significance as writers, and as contributors to their times.
  5. Want to read their books.
$75 Limited / $68

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