Literary Parlor

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.

Christmas Bells via ZOOM

Join bibliophile, Kate Howe, to learn the history of the classic poem “Christmas Bells” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

The Mansion’s Literary Parlor is reading a modern book. Christmas Bells, by author Jennifer Chiaverini as she celebrates Christmas, past, and present, with a wondrous novel inspired by the classic poem “Christmas Bells,” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. I heard the bells on Christmas Day/ Their old familiar carols play/ And wild and sweet/ The words repeat/Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Ring in the holidays with this touching story about one of our absolute favorite Christmas carols.

Sunday, December 13, 2020, at 1:30 pm

Cost: $6


Ticket holders will receive ZOOM sign-in information on Saturday, December 12th, and again on Sunday, December 13th.

Literary Parlor – The Semi-Attached Couple and The Semi-Detached House – two novels by Emily Eden – via ZOOM

If you’re a Jane Austen fan, you’ll enjoy Emily Eden’s comic novels of manners, The Semi-Detached House (1859), and The Semi-Attached Couple (1860). At the opening of The Semi-Detached House, the beautiful (but rather petulant) Lady Blanche Chester, newly married and pregnant, is being installed in a suburban house while her husband is away. Her encounters with her neighbors, and the intrigues of the neighborhood, soon come to absorb and annoy her.

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

Sunday, January 17, 2021, at 1:30 pm

Cost: $6 Once you register for The Semi-Attached Couple and  The Semi-Attached House 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

The Scarlet Letter and Adam Bede

Hawthorne’s compelling work The Scarlet Letter published in 1850 shows the ripple effect that two characters’ actions have on their insular New England Colony. Elliot’s novel, Adam Bede was published in 1859. It is a response to The Scarlet Letter and what she observed as the double standards for the behavior of men versus women. Join us from the comfort of your own home via ZOOM for a lively discussion led by 19th-century bibliophile, Kate Howe.

Sunday, February 21, 2021, at 1:30 pm 


ZOOM sign-in information will be emailed to you on Saturday, February 20, and then again at 12:30 on February 21.

Unbeaten Tracks in Japan by Isabella Bird

Unbeaten Tracks in Japan is a travel diary written by Isabella Bird of her trip to Japan in 1878, at the age of 47. It chronicles the trip Bird made with a Japanese interpreter named Ito in 1878 from about June until September from Tokyo to Hokkaido (then Ezo), and recorded such things as Japanese houses, clothing, the sex industry, and the natural environment in great detail, as they were during the early years of the Meiji restoration. It also has many descriptions of the Ainu people. Join 19th-century bibliophile Kate Howe for a lively discussion.

Sunday, March 14, 2021, at 1:30 pm 


ZOOM sign-in information will be sent to you on Saturday, March 13, and then again on Sunday, March 14 at 12:30 pm



The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is the second and final novel by the English author Anne Bronte. The novel is framed as a series of letters from Gilbert Markham to his friend about the events connected with his meeting a mysterious young widow, calling herself Helen Graham, who arrives at Wildfell Hall. Contrary to the early 19th century norms, she pursues an artist’s career and makes an income by selling her pictures. Her strict seclusion gives rise to gossip and she becomes a social outcast. She gives a diary to Markham that chronicles her husband’s physical and moral decline through alcohol and debauchery in the dissipated aristocratic society. Critics consider The Tenant of Wildfell Hall to be one of the first feminist novels. Join 19th-century bibliophile, Kate Howe, for an exciting discussion.

Sunday, April 11, 2021, at 1:30 pm


The Mansion will email ticket-holders for The Tenant of Wildfell Hall Literary Parlor zoom sign-information on Saturday, April 10 and at 11:30 am on April 11, 2021