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Victorian Book Group – Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family

Thursday 19 September, 2019, 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

The September meeting is about Thomas Mann’s 1901 novel which details the decline of a wealthy German merchant family over four generations.

The Victorian book group continues its 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

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


Elizabeth Gaskell’s House
84 Plymouth Grove,
Manchester, M13 9LW United Kingdom
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0161 273 2215
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