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, via Zoom for a lively discussion.

Literary Parlor is now virtual via Zoom!

What a great way to get out of the house while staying home! 19th-century literature with 21st-century technology.

Virtual Literary Parlor via ZOOM – North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

Published in 1854, North and South is a social novel written by Elizabeth Gaskell. The novel is set in the fictional industrial town of Milton in the north of England. Margaret Hale and her family move from the tranquil rural south to Milton where she witnesses the brutal world wrought by the Industrial Revolution, seeing employers and workers clashing during the first strikes. Join bibliophile Kate Howe for a lively virtual discussion via Zoom

Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 1:30 pm 

Once you register for North and South via ZoomEbenezer Maxwell Mansion will email you the log in information for this Zoom meeting.

Cost: $6

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

Literary Parlor Pudd’nhead Wilson by Mark Twain via ZOOM

Pudd’nhead Wilson (1894) is a novel by American writer Mark Twain. The story revolves around two boys – one born into slavery, with 1/32 black ancestry; the other, white, born to the master of the house. The two boys, who look similar, are switched at infancy. Each grows into the other’s social role. Join bibliophile Kate Howe for a lively discussion via ZOOM.

Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 1:30 pm

Cost: $6   REGISTER ONLINE

Once you register for Pudd’nhead Wilson via ZOOM, the Mansion will email you the login information for the Zoom Literary Parlor.

Literary Parlor – The Heroic Slave by Frederick Douglass – via ZOOM

Published in 1852, The Heroic Slave is a short piece of fiction written by Frederick Douglass who at the time was a fugitive slave living in Boston. This is the first piece of fiction written by Douglass. The Heroic Slave is a fictional work inspired by Madison Washington, an enslaved cook on the brig Creole, who led a rebellion on the ship by 19 slaves in November 1841. They succeeded in taking control of the ship en route from Virginia to New Orleans (in what was known as the coastwise slave trade), and ordered it sailed to Nassau in the Bahamas. A total of 135 slaves gained freedom there, as Britain had abolished slavery in 1839. It was the largest and most successful slave rebellion in United States history.

Join 19th-century bibliophile, Kate Howe, for a lively discussion.

Sunday, August 16, 2020, at 1:30 pm

Cost: $6 Once you register for The Heroic Slave via ZOOM, the Mansion will email you the login information for the Zoom Literary Parlor.

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

Literary Palor – The Making of a Marchioness by Frances Hodgson Burnett via ZOOM

First published in 1901, The Making of a Marchioness follows thirty-something Emily who lives alone, humbly and happily, in a tiny apartment and on a meager income. She is the one that everyone counts on but no one goes out of their way to accommodate. This Cinderella-like story remains a much-loved favorite among many. Join bibliophile Kate Howe for a lively discussion via Zoom.

Sunday, September 20, 2020, at 1:30 pm 

Once you register for The Making of a Marchioness via ZoomEbenezer Maxwell Mansion will email you the login information for this Zoom meeting.

Cost: $6

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