Delve Winter 2019 – Elena Ferrante: The Neapolitan Novels / Part Two


Delve Winter 2019 – Elena Ferrante: The Neapolitan Novels / Part Two


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Elena Ferrante: The Neapolitan Novels / Part Two

Mondays, Feb 11-Mar 11, 2019 (five sessions)
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Guide: Sara Guest, Tuition: $200

The New York Times says, “Elena Ferrante is this rare bird: so deliberate in building up her story that you almost give up on it, so gifted that by the end she has you in tears.” The translation of Ferrante’s four-book Neapolitan Novel series comprise some of the most exciting and awaited novels of the 21st century as well as the most enjoyable. This Delve season we are running two seminars (in fall 2018 and spring 2019) to consider these four novels, in all their depth and power, against the contemporary fiction landscape and backdrop of other timeless novel series’. Seminars can be taken as stand-alone considerations of Ferrante’s work or together to consider the full scope of this body of unquestionably strong literature. The spring 2019 seminar will consider the second two novels in the Neapolitan series. (See Fall 2018 for “Part One”).

Elena Ferrante, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay (2014); The Story of a Lost Child (2015)

Before the first meeting, please read Chapters 1-60 of Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay.

Sara Guest is an editor and poet. Her previous work has included being an editor for Encyclopaedia Britannica, producer for Harpo Studios (Oprah’s Book Club), and program coordinator for Write Around Portland. She is currently the creative manager for Swaim Strategies. Sara has an MA in English from Case Western Reserve University.

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. Our Access Program offers Delve seminar registrations at a sliding scale amount of $45-$100 per registration.

We are able to offer at least 25 Access Spots in the 2018-19 season, due to a generous gift from Sue and Ed Einowski. Contact Susan Moore at if you would like to take a Delve at the Access Rate.