Now true to my style, I applied to this campus without giving a lot of thought to the true meaning of this "adventure" - because if I analyzed the decision too much I would have chickened out. So here I am - accepted and ....I guess.....going. Once I started ordering the books, however, the reality set in. WHAT ON EARTH HAVE I SIGNED UP FOR!! The school
- The Ryme of the Ancient Mariner (Coleridge) - 20 pages
- Moby Dick (Melville) - 656 pages
- The Prelude and The Thorn (Wordsworth) - 223 pages
- Walden (Thoreau) - 448 pages
- Song of Myself (Whitman) - 40 pages
- Frankenstein (Shelley) - 328 pages
- Edgar Huntley (Brown) - 320 pages
- William Wilson and The Fall of the House of Usher (Poe) - 35 pages
- The Scarlet Letter (Hawthorne) - 272 pages
- The Mill on the Floss (Eliot) - 576 pages
- The House of Mirth (Wharton) - 368 pages
This is the equivalent of approximately 3300 pages, give or take a few, between now and June 27th when I travel across the pond to Lincoln College, Oxford.
Boy - it is a good thing that Spring break is in less than two weeks - the Spring read-athon is in about a month - and I will have a good 4-5 weeks between the end of school (May 15) and the day I leave (June 27). I tend to be well-organized and goal driven, so I anticipate that I will complete the reading list in time (now....whether I have fully annotated and properly analyzed passages will be the $64,000 question). Obviously there won't be much time for the reading of contemporary literature during this time, but hopefully you won't mind a few reviews of some classic 19th Century literature from my cozy nook.
Anyway, I wanted to share my joyful news with you - my dear readers. And, for those of you who live near or around Oxford, would you like care to meet at a local pub sometime in July? My treat!