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Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning Presents “Anna Karenina” and the Meaning of Life

Nov 10 2020 - Nov 10 2020 • Time: 5:30pm-7:00pm Education & History, For the Family, and Recreation & Fitness

Tuesday, November 10 from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm via Zoom

Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning (GMALL) welcomes Williams College Professor Julie Cassiday to talk about Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. Widely hailed as the greatest novel ever written, Anna Karenina represents the height of literary Realism and the culmination of the nineteenth-century novel of adultery. In early drafts, Tolstoy tried to condemn Anna’s decision to break her marriage vows in black and white terms. Yet the final version of Anna Karenina contains a fictional world so vast and complex that it defies any attempt to occupy a single moral position. This lecture will examine Tolstoy’s masterwork, paying special attention to its historical context, so that we can understand why a novel written almost a century and a half ago continues to enthrall readers and offer insights about the meaning of life. Registration for the talk is $15 per person in advance. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit our website at