The Genius of George Moore: Three Novels


The French Connection. ‘Paris in the seventies had a world to offer the curious young Irishman.’ (Malcolm Brown) Arguably the literary surrogate father to James Joyce (1882-1941) and central to the Irish Literary Renaissance, the great Irish caustic and witty novelist George Moore (1852-1933), went to Paris at the age of 21 in 1873. He failed there as a painter and instead transformed himself into an incisive prose artist by imbibing from the deep well of French realist fiction. His two French models were Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), author of one of the most famous French novels, Madame Bovary (1857) and Emile Zola (1840-1902), the master of naturalistic science-informed realism. Understand and enjoy the formative French influences on the sociological fiction of the great George Moore by reading three novels: two French and one Irish. Madame Bovary (1857) by Gustave Flaubert, The Fortune of the Rougons (1871) by Emile Zola, and the second published novel by Moore: A Mummer’s Wife (1885).

Note: students may read some or all of these novels for free on Project Gutenberg.

8 sessions. Mondays. 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. October 5 – November 23.

Class fee: $160

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