MIT Literary Society | February 2021

Published on: February 12, 2021
The Picture of Dorian Gray is a moral fantasy novel by Irish writer Oscar Wilde, published in an early form in Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine in 1890. The novel, the only one written by Wilde, had six additional chapters when it was released as a book in 1891. The work, an archetypal tale of a young man who purchases eternal youth at the expense of his soul, was a romantic exposition of Wilde’s own Aestheticism. (Source: | Ebook: Meeting: 6:00pm – 7:00pm  

The Literary Society is a student-run organization sponsored by the Literature Section. The MIT Literary Society creates a comfortable atmosphere for undergraduates to freely discuss their book interests. We read one book every month and meet every Tuesday – twice a month for book discussions, and twice a month for silent sustained reading (SSR) meetings. The group votes on book selections, choosing from genres that range from the classics to contemporary works. All members get to lead a part of each discussion. Other events may include guest speakers from MIT’s faculty and viewings of movies based on books. Our Mission: Founded in the spring of 2006, the MIT Literary Society is an undergraduate reading group that focuses on literary discussion outside of the classroom. The purpose of the MIT Literary Society is to complement the often rigorous and technical MIT education by creating a forum that encourages discussions on the current literary climate. The group is designed to encourage the exploration of various genres and interpretations, and also to develop one’s leadership skills by coordinating discussions. Our Constitution Contact: Interested in joining us? Our member mailing list is being managed by If you want to be added to this list, contact us at