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.

Literary Parlor – 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


Spooky Literary Parlor via ZOOM

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 with your selection.  Advance reservations are required. Time allows for only eight individual story readers so submit your selection early.

Attic Brewing Company is offering participants in the Mansion’s Spooky Literary Parlor a 10% discount of beer purchased to enjoy during the virtual parlor. Once you register for this event, the Mansion will send you the link to order your beer at the discount.

Friday, October 16, 2020, at 7:00 pm


Once you register for Spooky Literary Parlor via ZOOM, the Mansion will email you the login information for the Zoom Literary Parlor.

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