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.

Literary Parlor February 2020 – Behind the Scenes or Thirty Years a Slave and Four in the White House by Elizabeth Keckley

Join 19th-century bibliophile, Kate Howe, to discuss Elizabeth Keckley’s autobiography of her years as a dress designer and seamstress for Mary Todd Lincoln and other prominent Washington, D.C. women. After the publication of Behind the Scenes, Mary Todd Lincoln turned against Keckley, causing her to lose her prestigious clients. She died in poverty in 1907.

Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 1:30 pm

Cost: $15 / $1 for residents with 19144 zip code. Reservations are required. Make reservations online

Literary Parlor – Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott

Eight Cousins was published in 1875 by American novelist Louisa May Alcott. It is the story of Rose Campbell, a lonely and sickly girl who has been recently orphaned and must now reside with her maiden great aunts, the matriarchs of her wealthy Boston family. Join 19th-century bibliophile, Kate Howe, for an interesting discussion.

Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 1:30 pm

Cost: $15 / $1 for residents with the 19144 zip code

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

Literary Parlor – Iola Leroy by Francis Harper

This 1892 novel by Francis Harper is one of the very first novels written by an African-American woman. Iola Leroy is the story of a beautiful young mixed race woman born free in Mississippi. She and her brother are children of a wealthy white planter and his mixed race wife (a former slave). Iola is sent North to be educated. After her father dies, she is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the Deep South. Iola Leroy deals with social issues of education for women, passing, abolition, reconstruction, and temperance.

Join 19th-century bibliophile, Kate Howe, for lively discussion. Light refreshments are served.

Cost: $15 / Residents living in the 19144 zip code: $1

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