Victorian Book Group – Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family by Thomas Mann
Now in our 4th year, the Victorian Book Group continues our focus on reading (and re-reading) classic works of fiction. Our scope spans the long nineteenth-century and often includes neo-Victorian novels. We are especially interested in writings by and about women, and always feature one work by Elizabeth Gaskell.
In 2019, we will explore the genre of the family saga and continue our investigation of how the British novel developed in conversation with other national literary traditions.
New members are warmly welcomed to attend our meetings, held at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House on the third Thursday of every month from 1 – 2:15 pm.
The cost is £1 plus the usual House admission (tickets valid for 12 months).
2019 Reading List
January 17: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
February 21: Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell (Available to buy from the Tea Room at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House)
March 21: Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
April 18: The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
May 16: Without My Cloak by Kate O’Brien
June 20: Swann’s Way (Vol. 1 of In Search of Lost Time) by Marcel Proust
July 18: Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
August: No Meeting (Summer Holiday)
September 19: Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family by Thomas Mann
October 17: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
November 21: Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev
December: The Man of Property (Book 1 of The Forsyte Saga) by John Galsworthy
Thu 19th Sep 1pm - 2:15pm