By Vivian Sheperis
Lit Lunch will meet at noon Friday, June 4 to discuss Edgar Allan Poe’s classic short story, “The Masque of the Red Death.”
There is much for Lit Lunchers to observe and contemplate, having been isolated during the past year from the “contagion” of our own version of “The Red Death.”
From this vantage point, we can see how life imitates art and vice versa. In Poe’s version, the elite retreat to Prince Prospero’s secluded and luxurious abbey in safety, quarantined from the plague, enjoying every pleasure of life while those less fortunate die hideous deaths on the outside.
Until . . . an unexpected and mysterious guest appears, pitting hubris and wealth against the Red Death, life for life.
Poe never disappoints by his stunning imagination and style with dreamlike images. The tale is ambiguous, inviting both a supernatural and psychological interpretation. Rife with symbols, its depth is compelling, and his art elevates the experiences of life.
We will meet for lunch at the Clubhouse downstairs in the Club Room at noon and order from the select Lit Lunch menu.
All in Big Canoe are invited to join this lunchtime literary discussion.
Please reserve your place at the table by the end of Thursday, June 3 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Vivian can send you a copy of the short story.
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