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.

September: A Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Mansion’s second Victorian Literature Book Club a.k.a. “Literary Parlor” is on Sunday, September 9th. Everyone is welcome to join 19th century bibliophile, Kate Howe, at Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion for cookies and conversation about Victorian novels. At this second meeting we’ll be discussing Oscar Wilde’s  A Picture of Dorian Gray. Please join Kate in exploring this Gothic novel on Sunday, September 9th at 1:30 pm.

A Picture of Dorian Gray was first published in the July 1890 issue of Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine. The book offended moral sensibilities of British book reviewers. As a result, much of the original text was cut from Lippincott’s to be published 1891 in book form. Join us for cookies and conversation.

Sunday, September 9 at 1:30 pm

Cost: $15, Member cost: $10 Become a member

Reservations are required.

Make reservations online or call 215-438-1861

October: 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 tale that can be read aloud in less than ten minutes. Time allows for only eight story readers; please submit your selection early. For consideration as a reader, send your short story choice to diane@ebenezermaxwellmansion.org

Readers will be chosen on a first-come, first-serve basis. Readers must purchase a ticket to attend.

Friday, October 12, 7:00 pm to 9 pm

Cost: $15, Member cost: $10  Become a member

Reservations are required. Make reservations online or call 215-438-1861

Deerbrook by Harriet Martineau

November’s Literary Parlor selection is Deerbrook by Harriet Martineau. Published in 1839, Deerbrook is the story of two recently orphaned sisters, Hester and Margaret Ibbotson who move from Birmingham to Deerbrook to live with cousins. Hester is considered a great beauty whereas Margaret is clever and charming. Villagers hope that one of them will be the bride of the unattached, Mr. Hope, the apothecary. Mr. Hope marries Hester while being in love with Margaret thus beginning a love triangle. This novel is often compared to Middlemarch. Join us in November for a scintillating discussion and light refreshments.

Sunday, November 4 at 1:30 pm

Cost: $15, Member cost: $10 Become a member

Call 215-438-1861 or buy tickets online