The class will read Tolstoy’s War and Peace over the course of the fall term. Daily discussions will consider the rich emotional and moral world that Tolstoy uniquely creates. In the first half of the term, there will be weekly in-class writing assignments. Later in the fall, students will write an original short story that will include some Tolstoian themes and techniques. A major expository essay on the novel will be due before the December vacation. Reading for the rest of the year will be determined later in the fall. In past years, the class has read non-fiction as well as fiction in the winter, including works by Sigmund Freud, Primo Levi, and D.H. Lawrence. The spring has often focused on drama and poetry.