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Victorian Literary Parlour with Walter Nelson – a book club

March 27 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

You of refined taste and adventuresome spirit are hereby invited to the Victorian Literary Parlour.
Even the most voracious of readers has read only a small fraction of the 60,000 novels published during the Victorian era. It’s a solid fact that there are some real gems unjustly neglected or even tottering on the brink of obscurity. This then is our enterprise: to reopen forgotten paths in search of literary gold. Or at least polished silver.
Our host is Walter Nelson, a man steeped in all things Victorian. An organizer of historically themed events, instructor of dance, etiquette and proper attire, an experienced phrenological reader, with Mr. Nelson’s hand on the till, we will always know which fork to use and which doors to keep locked.
This is no quotidian book club, but a hazard into the neglected reaches of Victorian literature.
Period attire is strongly encouraged, but not required.
The ticket includes the book.

Our first title: the third Brontë’s Agnes Grey.  Yes, Anne – the less trendy, less hyped, more serious sister. Her prose is compared favourably with Jane Austen’s, with exceptional subtelty and wit.

Future titles for Victorian Literary Parlour:

Trail of the Serpent by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson AND The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices by Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins

The Penguin Book of Victorian Women in Crime

Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell

Erewhon by Samuel Butler

Walter Nelson has been involved in multiple aspects of public history for 40 years, with a focus on costumed, interactive programs with themes like historical etiquette, spiritualism, quack medicine and dance. His current project involves recreating the social dances of the Jazz Age using old movies as his principle source. He has appeared as a subject matter expert on the History Channel, A&E and HBO, on topics such as Victorian manners and primitive firearms. He has a BA in History from UC Berkeley and is a US Army veteran. His website, where he posts much of his research, and maintains calendar of Southern California history and dance events, is at


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