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Theo has the remarkable ability to explain complex, nuanced concepts to the literary sophisticated and basic ideas to beginners in the very same class, illuminating everyone.

Michael Schaffer, Michael Schaffer Productions

Theo is one of Harvard's hidden treasures.

Peter J. Gomes

Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and the Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, Harvard University

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Literature offers infinite variety, and I take my lead from that, matching the sessions to the purposes of the participants. Typically, I discuss what to read and how to talk about the books with clients, so that we all get the most we can out of the sessions. Some people want to choose entirely from suggestions I offer, some want to offer their own suggestions; some care more about periods or themes, others about particular authors or specific texts. The sessions all have their own dynamic, with a flexible balance of free conversation and as much directed talk from me as people want.

Some examples of extended reading projects I've conducted are: 5 sessions on Edith Wharton, one class on a biography, then one each on The House of Mirth, The Custom of the Country, The Age of Innocence, Summer, and Ethan Frome. I've repeated this format with Henry James, Willa Cather, Mark Twain, and many other writers. Another class read French 19th century novels by Victor Hugo, Gustave Flaubert, Stendhal, and Emile Zola to prepare for reading the works of Marcel Proust. There also have been classes on the contemporary European novel, the novel in English beyond America and Britain, the literature of adolescence, and a course on the epic form from The Bible through Dante's Divina Commedia to Joyce's Ulysses. In various combinations, John O'Hara, Robert Penn Warren, Salman Rushdie, Sebastian Faulks, Barbara Tuchman, Evelyn Waugh, Paula Fox, and William Maxwell have all been subjects of individual classes and entire courses.

I invite you to make your wishes concerning writers and writing known, so that together we can fashion the experience most rewarding to you. Courses are currently conducted in the Boston and New York Metropolitan areas, but can be held in other locations by special arrangement.

Marcel Proust

W.H. Auden


Emily Bronte

Carson McCullers

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W.B. Yeats

Thomas Mann

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