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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 rereading) 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 3 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

Event, Workshops

And we've got a house. Yes! we really have

Elizabeth Gaskell, 1850