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, at Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion for cookies and conversation about Victorian novels.

The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Join bibliophile, Kate Howe, as our Literary Parlor discusses Joseph Conrad’s 1899 book, The Heart of Darkness. The narrator, Charles Marlow, tells the story of a voyage up the Congo River into the “heart of Africa.” The novella is based on Conrad’s own experience in 1890 as he became the Captain of a steamer traveling to various stops along the Congo River. Marlow tells his story while aboard a boat anchored on the Thames River in England. Conrad compares London with Africa illustrating that there is little difference between so-called civilized people and those described as savages.

Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Cost: $15; Member cost: $10

Reservations are required. Make reservations online  or call 215-438-1861

Step back in time for some old fashioned fun away from our modern computers and digital devices. Join us for craft beer, pretzels and an evening of 19th century parlor games.

  • Charades
  • The Name Game
  • Elephant’s Foot Umbrella Stand
  • Alphabet Mute
  • Wink Murder
  • The Name Game
  • Consequences

Don’t miss what most certainly will be a fun-filled evening!

Friday, June 14, 7:00 pm

Cost: $15, Member cost: $10 Reservations are required. Make reservations online or call 215-438-1861

Written by Frances Milton Trollope (mother of Anthony Trollope) in 1839, The Widow Barnaby is a lighthearted Victorian romance. The novel opens with the death of Old Reverend Compton, which leads to a squabble over the inheritance by the relatives. The tale evolves with the vain, flirtatious and presumptuous husband hunting Mrs. Barnaby leading to awkward moments and ridiculous mistakes. Added to this are the loves and distresses of the Widow Barnaby’s lovely and demure niece Agnes. Join bibliophile Kate Howe in a lively discussion of Frances Trollope’s highly regarded novel.

Sunday, July 21, 1:30 pm

Cost: $15, Member cost: $10. Reservations are required.


Penny Dreadful – Wagner the Werewolf

Penny dreadfuls were cheap popular serial literature produced during the nineteenth century in the United Kingdom. Issued weekly each episode was either eight (or occasionally 16 pages long) with black and white illustrations on the top of the first page.

Join us for a fun-filled afternoon as we take turns reading chapters from a penny dreadful, Wagner the Werewolf by George W. M. Reynolds. Fernand Wagner’s deal with the devil buys wealth and youth―at the price of monthly transformations into a ravening beast. The first important fictional treatment of the werewolf theme in English literature, this Victorian thriller traces Wagner’s blood-soaked trail through sixteenth-century Italy.

Cost: $15, Member cost: $10 Reservations are required.

Make reservations online or call 215-438-1861