Victorian Book Club

The Mansion is hosting a Victorian Literature Book Club.

Sense and Sensibility

by Jane Austen

“I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy; but, like everybody else, it must be in my own way.”

Published in 1811 and deeply beloved in the Victorian era, Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility continues to delight readers today. The novel follows the three Dashwood sisters – Elinor, Marianne, and Margaret – as they come of age. Having to move away from their childhood home with their widowed mother, the sisters experience love, romance, heartbreak, and reconciliation in very different ways. Austen’s book asks the question of the reader: Which is the more satisfying path through life – acting with sense, or with sensibility?

Sunday, June 25, 2023, at 1:30 pm

Cost: $10

Reservations are required and can be made ONLINE

The Bondwoman’s Narrative

by Hannah Crafts

The Bondwoman’s Narrative is the fictionalized autobiography of Hannah Bond, written under the pseudonym of Hannah Crafts. Her manuscript was not authenticated and published until 2002. Written sometime between 1853 and 1861, it is likely the first novel written by a Black woman and the only known novel written by a fugitive slave woman.

Sunday, September 24, 2023, at 1:30 pm in person at the Mansion

Cost: $10. Reservations are required and can be made ONLINE

The Hound of the Baskervilles

by Arthur Conan Doyle

Could the sudden death of Sir Charles Baskerville have been caused by the gigantic ghostly hound that is said to have haunted his family for generations? Arch-rationalist Sherlock Holmes characteristically dismisses the theory as nonsense. And immersed in another case, he sends Watson to Devon to protect the Baskerville heir and observe the suspects close at hand. With its atmospheric setting on the ancient, wild moorland and its savage apparition, The Hound of the Baskervilles is one of the greatest crime novels ever written. Rationalism is pitted against the supernatural, good against evil, as Sherlock Holmes seeks to defeat a foe almost his equal. (Goodreads).

Sunday, November 12, 2022, at 1:30 PM

Cost: $10. Reservations are required and can be made ONLINE