Clotel by William Wells Brown
Join us in person at the Mansion on July 18, 2021, at 1:30 pm.
Bibliophile Kate Howe leads a lively discussion about Clotel; or, The President’s Daughter: A Narrative of Slave Life in the United States is an 1853 novel by United States author and playwright William Wells Brown about Clotel and her sister, fictional slave daughters of Thomas Jefferson. Brown, who escaped from slavery in 1834 at the age of 20, published the book in London. He was staying after a lecture tour to evade possible recapture due to the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act. Set in the early nineteenth century, it is considered the first novel published by an African American and is set in the United States. The novel explores slavery’s destructive effects on African-American families, the difficult lives of American mulattoes or mixed-race people, and the “degraded and immoral condition of the relation of master and slave in the United States of America.”
Sunday, July 18, 2021, at 1:30 pm
Cost: $8 REGISTER ONLINE
Spooky Literary Parlor
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, email email@example.com with your selection. Reservations are required. Time allows for only eight individual story readers so submit your selection early.
Friday, October, 8, 2021, at 7:00 pm
Miss Marjoribanks by Margaret Oliphant
Lucilla Marjoribanks is determined to look after her widowed father and become ‘the sunshine of his life whether he likes it or not. Once installed back at home and presiding over her father’s drawing-room, she launches herself into Carlingford society, aiming to raise the tone with her select evening parties. Lucilla is optimistic, resourceful, and completely without self-doubt, but will her indomitable nature diminish her marriage prospects? Miss Marjoribanks (1866) is a wonderfully comic depiction of the conventions and proprieties that rule a vacuous society.
Sunday, November 14, 2021, at 1:30 pm
Cost: $8 MAKE RESERVATIONS ONLINE
ZOOM sign-in information will be sent to you on Saturday, November 13, and then again on Sunday, November 14 at 12:30 pm
Domestic Manners in Americans
Domestic Manners of the Americans is a 2-volume 1832 travel book by Frances Milton Trollope, which follows her travels through America. The book created a sensation on both sides of the Atlantic, as Frances Trollope had a caustic view of Americans and found America strongly lacking in manners and learning. She was appalled by America’s egalitarian middle-class and by the influence of evangelism that was emerging during the Second Great Awakening. Trollope was also harshly critical of slavery of African Americans in the United States, and by the popularity of tobacco chewing, and the consequent spitting, even on carpets. After seeing much of what the United States had to offer, her overall impression was not favorable. Reservations are required.
Sunday, January 16, 2021, at 1:30 pm