Summer Reads 2015 by Lars Engle

This is the latest in a series of blogs highlighting what faculty members in The University of Tulsa Department of English are reading this summer. Check back often for updates. Enjoy!

“Two books I’ll buy on hardcover release and immediately devour are Neal Stephenson’s Seveneves and Kim Stanley Robinson’s Aurora. I’m a sci-fi/fantasy reader and a huge fan of these two authors. A third book I’ll read, much more slowly because my French is rusty, is Antoine Compagnon’s Un été avec Montaigne, a book about appreciating Montaigne in daily doses as an inhabitant of present-day Europe. I’m hoping it will, along with Sarah Bakewell’s recent How to Live: Or a Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer, help me with my current project, Montaigne’s Shakespeare, on how comparisons to Montaigne highlight ways in which Shakespeare both is and is not like us.”

Lars Engle is James G. Watson Professor of English at TU.