Our Big Read is designed to enrich Purdue and Greater Lafayette through literature. Each year we select a great book, create a calendar of engaging events, including lectures, book group discussions, performances, workshops and author visits, and then provide free copies of the text to the community. Studies show that book ownership contributes to academic achievement, educational attainment, and economic development.
The 2019-2020 selection is Emily Wilson’s splendid translation of The Odyssey, which has been described as:
“A revelation. Never have I been so aware at once of the beauty of the poetry, the physicality of Homer’s world, and the moral ambiguity of those who inhabit it. [Wilson’s] decisions to discard flowery conventions, and to limit herself to the number of lines in the original poem, produce a version both fleet and vivid.”Susan Chira, “New & Noteworthy,” The New York Times Book Review (12 Dec. 2017)