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King Lear and His Daughters

Friday, September 23. William Shakespeare, King Lear. Join us for a discussion and group reading of the play with Shakespearean experts as well as groundlings from Boise State University’s Hemingway Literary Center faculty.

Friday, October 28  Honore de Balzac, Père Goriot. Part of the realist French writer’s opus La Comédie Humaine, this novel uses the framework of Lear to illuminate the juxtaposed lives of an aristocrat and a father whose obsessive love for his daughters leads to ruin.

Friday, November 18. Jane Smiley, A Thousand Acres. An aging farmer and increasingly a drunk, Larry Cook intends his farm to be divided among his three daughters. One daughter’s perceived ingratitude is the catalyst for an exposure of the suppressed lives and emotions of the American family and, moreover, human nature.

Friday, December 16. Christopher Moore, Fool. A carnivalesque and bawdy rewriting of Lear set in 1288. The protagonist is Lear’s fool Pocket, who, along with his daft apprentice Drool, seeks to sort out the chaos wrought by Lear’s court.

Book discussions are held at the Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., from 12:10 to 1 p.m., and are free and open to the public. Books are available at Rediscovered Books on 8th street between Main and Idaho which gives a 10% discount and at the BSU Bookstore in the Student Union Building (426-1362), which gives a 25% discount. For more information, contact BSU English Professor Cheryl Hindrichs, 345-1510.