Literary Parlor

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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 cookies and conversation about Victorian novels.

Love and Mr. Lewisham by H.G. Wells

Love and Mr. Lewisham, set in 1880, is among H. G. Wells’ first fictional writings outside the science fiction genre. Plot: Mr. Lewisham is an 18-year-old teacher at a boys’ school in Sussex. He meets and falls in love with Ethel Henderson, who is paying a visit to relatives. His involvement with her costs him his position. He moves to London and cannot find Ethel. Over two years later, chance brings them together again at a seance led by her stepfather, a spiritualist charlatan. They marry and Lewisham continues to take care of Ethel and her mother. Love and Mr. Lewisham is considered one of Wells’ best novels. Join Kate Howe for scintillating discussion. Cookies and lemonade will be served.

Sunday, September 8 at 1:30 pm

Cost: $15, Free for neighbors with 19144 zip code (call for help with neighbor discount)

Reservations are required.

Make reservations online or call 215-438-1861

Spooky Literary Parlor

Join us for a spine chilling evening of Victorian ghost stories. Volunteers select a favorite 19th-century scary tale to read aloud to the group. Select a story that can be read aloud in less than 10 minutes. If you want to be a reader, call Diane at 215-438-1861 Advance reservations are required. Time allows for only eight story readers so submit your selection early. Craft beer and pretzels will be served!

Friday, October 11 at 7:00 pm Reservations are required. Make reservations online or call 215-438-1861 for details and reservations.

Cost: $15, Member cost: $10

Olive by Dinah Mulock Craik

First published in 1850, Olive is the story of a crippled child whose parents are disgusted by her physical ‘imperfection,’ curvature of the spine. Olive struggles to take her place in the world as an artist and woman. Join 19th-century bibliophile, Kate Howe, for an interesting afternoon. Ginger snaps and apple cider will be served.

Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Cost: $15, Free to anyone with a 19144 zip code. (call for help with neighbor discount)

Reservations are required. 

MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS ONLINE or call 215-438-1861

Spend a cozy January afternoon in the Mansion’s parlor watching the movie version of Wilke Collins’ compelling tale, The Moonstone. A young English woman inherits a large Indian diamond for her eighteenth birthday. The story revolves around the theft of the diamond; the complex plot traces the subsequent efforts to explain the theft, identify the thief, trace the stone and recover it. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies at the intermission.

Sunday, January 19, 2020, 1:00 pm

ADMISSION IS FREE Reservations are required. Make reservations online

or call 215-438-1861 for information or reservations.

Literary Parlor February 2020 – Behind the Scenes or Thirty Years a Slave and Four in the White House by Elizabeth Keckley

Join 19th-century bibliophile, Kate Howe, to discuss Elizabeth Keckley’s autobiography of her years as a dress designer and seamstress for Mary Todd Lincoln and other prominent Washington, D.C. women. After the publication of Behind the Scenes, Mary Todd Lincoln turned against Keckley, causing her to lose her prestigious clients. She died in poverty in 1907.

Cost: $15, Free to anyone with 19144 zip code. Reservations are required. Make reservations online

Literary Parlor – Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott

Eight Cousins was published in 1875 by American novelist Louisa May Alcott. It is the story of Rose Campbell, a lonely and sickly girl who has been recently orphaned and must now reside with her maiden great aunts, the matriarchs of her wealthy Boston family. Join 19th-century bibliophile, Kate Howe, for an interesting discussion.

Cost: $15, Free to anyone living in the 19144 zip code

Reservations are required. MAKE RESERVATIONS ONLINE or call 215-438-1861