Love, Forgiveness, and Wisdom

Literary works from Shakespeare to McEwan explore how time and experience can lead to forgiveness in the presence of wisdom—and how wisdom can emerge.

This theme is part of the Love and Forgiveness series. Other themes in the series include Love and Forgiveness in the Light of Death and Love and Forgiveness in the Presence of the Enemy.

Book List

  • Scenes from The Iliad by Homer
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  • Embers by Sandor Marai
  • The Guardians by Ana Castillo
  • Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Program Brochure

The humanities scholar’s essay was written by Betty Sue Flowers, PhD, former director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum and an Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin.

Download the scholar’s essay, annotated book list, and supplementary texts (Word). Please note: The American Library Association is the copyright owner of this essay and annotations. The credit lines embedded in the program materials and/or sponsor and funder logos must remain on all published (print and web) materials derived from these materials.

How-To Discussion Programming Guides

Developed to aid participants in “The Millennium Project for Public Libraries,” this how-to guide (PDF) provides basic information about developing and promoting book discussion programs.

When planning a “Let’s Talk About It” program, you may wish to consult the planner’s manual (PDF) for general how-to information about program format, selecting a scholar, promoting your series, evaluation, and more.