Beginning in August the Mansion is hosting a Victorian Literature Book Club a.k.a. “Literary Parlor.” Everyone is welcome to join 19th century bibliophile, Kate Howe, at Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion for tea and conversation about Victorian novels. In the first meeting we’ll be discussing Thomas Hardy’s Desperate Remedies as well as considering what books we’d like to read in upcoming months. Please join Kate in exploring this “sensation novel” on Sunday, August 12th at 1:30 pm.
The sensation novel was a controversial fad during the Victorian era. These books were filled with murderers and murderesses, bigamists, poisonings, and heightened villainy. These were novels designed to shock the reader and the Victorian public couldn’t get enough of it! Critics in this era considered it low brow literature but this didn’t hinder these books from being best sellers. Join us for an entertaining afternoon.