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Seven Deadly Sins

Delve into selections from the Great Books’ Foundation’s new volume, The Seven Deadly Sins Sampler, and discover why, according to Dartmouth professor of ethics and human values Ronald M. Green, these short stories “remind us that most of our problems arise in the hidden recesses of the human heart.”

Seven Deadly Sins Sampler

  • Pride: William Faulkner, “A Rose for Emily” and Flannery O’Connor, “Good Country People”
  • Envy: Edith Wharton, “Roman Fever” and Tobias Wolff, “Smokers”
  • Anger: Rudyard Kipling, “Mary Postgate” and Margaret Atwood, “Hairball”
  • Sloth: Anton Chekhov, “The House with the Mezzanine” and Bobbie Ann Mason, “Shiloh”
  • Greed: D. H. Lawrence, “The Rocking-Horse Winner” and Elizabeth Bowen, “The Inherited Clock”
  • Gluttony: Raymond Carver, “Fat” and Xu Xi, “Famine”
  • Lust: Perri Klass, “Not a Good Girl” and Nathan Englander, “For the Relief of Unbearable Urges”

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