This course is an introduction to the infinite possibilities and pleasures of literature. We will, first and foremost, consider a selection of contemporary novels, classic texts, and short stories individually and in relation to each other. These considerations will be of a literary, social, historical, and personal nature. Through these analyses, students will have the opportunity to improve their writing, reading, and speaking skills, learning to critically interpret and articulate their own ideas effectively in careful inquiry and personal response to the topics at hand. Further, the class is a unique chance for the entire grade to learn about and from each other over the course of the year, getting to know one another personally and intellectually in their first year at the school.