Reading and Discussion

Exploring Ideas through Books

The Romantic Ideal

The characters in these works seek out their ideal of love, happiness, and fulfillment with consequences that are by turns bittersweet, tragic, noble, unconventional, and even comic. But can an ideal ever be met?

Books in this Series

  • Edith Wharton, Summer
  • Penelope Fitzgerald, The Blue Flower
  • Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary
  • Norman Rush, Mating
  • A.R. Gurney, Later Life

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