Tickets are available until two hours before the start time of the Literary Parlor

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, for a lively discussion.

Domestic Manners of the 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

Cost: $10

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A Country Doctor by Sarah Orne Jewett

Sarah Orne Jewett’s story of a young medical woman remains an incisive rendering of the dilemmas of gender, society, and self. Nan Prince first becomes interested in medicine as a child, as the ward of the widowed physician Dr. Leslie. In time she becomes his protégée. But when she enters medical college, she realizes that she will have to choose between marriage and her career, between the demands of her society and her obligations to her true self.

Sunday, March 20, 2022, at 1:30 pm

Cost: $10

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The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot

Spanning a period of 10 to 15 years, the novel details the lives of Tom and Maggie Tulliver, siblings who grow up at Dorlcote Mill on the River Floss. The mill is situated at the junction of the River Floss and the more minor River Ripple, near the village of St Ogg’s in Lincolnshire, England. Both the river and the village are fictional.

Sunday, May 22, 2022, at 1:30 pm

Cost: $10

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Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands by Mary Seacole

Written in 1857, Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands is the autobiography of a Jamaican woman whose fame rivaled Florence Nightingale during the Crimean War. Seacole traveled widely before arriving in London, where her offer to volunteer as a nurse in the war was met with racism and refusal. Undaunted, she set out independently to the Crimea, where she acted as doctor and “mother” to wounded soldiers while running her business, the “British Hotel.” Told with energy, warmth, and humor, her remarkable life story and accounts of hardships at the battlefront offer significant insights into the history of race politics.

Sunday, July 17, 2022, at 1:30 PM

Cost: $10

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How Much Land Does a Man Need (and other stories)

The Kreutzer Sonata

by Leo Tolstoy

Join bibliophile, Kate Howe, for a lively discussion about several works by Leo Tolstoy. Firstly, a short story entitled “How Much Land Does a Man Need”  is an 1886 short story by Leo Tolstoy about a man who, in his lust for land, forfeits everything. Secondly, the group will discuss The Kreutzer Sonata, a novella named after Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata published in 1889 and promptly censored by Russian authorities. The work is an argument for the ideal of sexual abstinence and an in-depth first-person description of jealous rage. The main character, Pozdnyshev, relates the events leading up to his killing of his wife: in his analysis, the root causes for the deed were the “animal excesses” and “swinish connection” governing the relation between the sexes.

Sunday, September 25, at 1:30 PM

Cost: $10 – Reservations are required.

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Jane Eyre

by Charlotte Brontë

Brontë’s masterpiece tells the story of Jane, orphaned and a child, who feels outcast her entire life. Her courage is tested once again when she arrives at Thornfield Hall, where the brooding, proud Edward Rochester has hired her to care for his ward Adèle. Jane finds herself drawn to his troubled yet kind spirit. She falls in love. But there is a terrifying secret inside the gloomy, forbidding Thornfield Hall. Is Rochester hiding from Jane? Will Jane be left heartbroken and exiled once again? Join bibliophile Kate Howe for a lively discussion.

Sunday, November 13, 2022, at 1:30 PM

Cost: $10 – Reservations are required

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or call 215-438-1861