Victorian Book Club

The Mansion is hosting a Victorian Literature Book Club.

The Old Curiosity Shop

by Charles Dickens

Step into the world of nineteenth-century London and the era’s master story tell, Charles Dickens!

To call this book popular in the Victorian era might be an understatement.  The young queen herself read the book version and called it “very interesting and cleverly written” in 1841.  American readers were more adamant. When the final serialized installment arrived in New York Harbor, they stormed the ship to get copies!

Step into foggy Holburn via our parlor (or garden, if the weather is nice).  Chat about the book and the times with old and new friends.

Sunday, June 30 at 3 PM.  Refreshments will follow.

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

The Quaker City

by George Lippard

The Quaker City follows four main characters during three days and nights.  The story is set mostly in a Philadelphia mansion named “Monk’s Hall,” which serves as a private gentleman’s club and is also secretly a brothel and opium den patronized by some of the city’s most respected citizens.  The main characters engage in various acts of debaucherym including the attempt at deflowering a young maiden.  Inspired by a sensational 1843 murder trial, The Quaker City was the bestselling novel in American history until the publication of Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

Sunday, April 28  at 3 PM

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

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