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Tove Jansson: The Summer Book

July 12- August 2, 2021
Mondays, 5:00-7:00 p.m. (4 sessions)


If you already know Tove Jansson as the author and illustrator of the Moominfamily stories and comic strips, you will meet her in this Delve seminar as the author of her superb The Summer Book. This is a novel that is so deep and yet so apparently casual that it will repay the close reading we will give it in this four-week seminar. We will also observe her imagination for fiction in her short stories, letters, and other works. But we won’t forget the Moomins, for life on the island in The Summer Book echoes life in the Moominvalley. These books and a look at Jansson’s artwork will help us understand the fascinating account of the passages of life that The Summer Book gives us.

Delve Access Program
We want Delve seminars to be accessible to everyone, regardless of income and background. We understand that our tuition structure can present obstacles for some people. We are happy to offer an Access Program which provides reduced tuition to qualifying participants. Most Delves have at least one access spot available. Contact Susan Moore at susan@literary-arts.org if you would like to take a Delve at the Access Rate.


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Delve: Summer Book
$ 160.00
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Bennett Gilbert

Bennett Gilbert teaches history and philosophy at Portland State University. He is the author of A Personalist Philosophy of History.
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