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  • in this class, we will do a bit of time travel as we explore the works of:

    • C.S. Lewis

    • J.R.R. Tolkien 

    • Agatha Christe

    • T.S. Elliot 

    • Virginia Woolf

    • George Orwell 

    • and other influential authors 

  • We will discuss the historical and cultural context of these writers. (Particularly the influence of the First and Second World Wars).

  • We will explore questions such as: ​
    • What universal truths do their works reveal?

    • What are the writers' world views and how they compare with our own?

    • What insights do these works give us into that time period?

    • How do these works still impact us today?​​

  • Students will be evaluated through vocabulary work, short essays, a few pop quizzes and one final presentation.​​

  • Students will be expected to read the assigned material, keep a journal and take part in class discussions.

  • This class is for any students, grades 9-12, as well as advanced 8th grade students.


  • This one-semester course is worth 1/2 credit of high school English. Parents are responsible for managing the transcript for their student.  The teacher will communicate the end-of-course grade within 2 weeks of the final class date.

  • The class will meet on Thursdays from 10:00 AM until 11:30 AM. Cost is $135.


Spring 2022 Thursdays

10:00-11:30 AM

   $135.00 - payable at registration

*Plus insurance and facilities fee.

See Registration page for details.

Books students must purchase and bring:

The Man Who Was Thursday by Chesterton

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

​Animal Farm by George Orwell

An electronic copy (such as Kindle) is fine for any of these


​​Books which Bristol Academy will loan to students:

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis 

Leaf by Niggle by J.R.R. Tolkien

Poetry of T. S. Eliot, A.E. Housman, and W.B Yeats

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