Salon Library

Here you will find the breadth of works we have studied previously in the Salon.

Our facilitators are keen to offer works that participants would like to study, but we also encourage reading outside of your favoured genre or familiar historical and cultural territory.

Have a wander through these as possible future studies – and then request! It may take a few months for us to offer, but every request is recorded and considered when we are creating the Salon schedule. 

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Aeschylus’ The Oresteia


Angela Carter’s The Passion of New Eve

Kate Chopin’s The Awakening

Anton Chekhov’s Stories and Plays

Dante’s Divine Comedy

Charles Dickens’ Bleak House

Lawrence Durrell’s Alexandria Quartet

George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda

T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets

T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land

Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man

William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!

William Faulkner’s As I lay Dying

William Faulkner’s The Bear

William Faulkner’s Light in August

William Faulkner’s The Sound and The Fury

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

Great Ideas, Great Books

Greek Tragedies

Book of Genesis

Yuri Herrera’s Signs Preceding the End of the World

Homer’s Iliad

Homer’s Odyssey in Greece

Homer’s Odyssey

Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God

James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake: The Slow Read

James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

James Joyce’s Ulysses

James Joyce’s The Dead

The Lit Salon Book Club

The Mad Woman’s Vision: Creation and Destruction from Frankenstein to Housekeeping

Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain

Javier Marías’ A Heart So White in Valencia

Herman Melville’s Moby Dick

John Milton’s Paradise Lost

Toni Morrison’s Beloved

Toni Morrison’s A Mercy

Vladimir Nabokov’s Pale Fire

Vladimir Nabokov’s Terra Incognita and The Vane Sisters

Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient

Ovid’s Metamorphoses

Plato’s Meno and Lesser Hippias

Plato’s Symposium

Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time

Reading the Body Retreat in the Swiss Alps

Jean Rhys Wide Sargasso Sea

Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea and Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre

Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping

Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children

The Sagas of Icelanders

Shakespeare’s Hamlet

Shakespeare’s King Lear

Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure

Shakespeare’s Richard III

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Short Stories by John Cheever and Raymond Carver

Short Stories by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Alice Munro

Short Stories by Alice Munro and Joyce Carol Oates

Short Stories by Alice Munro and Eudora Welty

Elizabeth Smart’s By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept

Sophocles’ Antigone

Spontaneous Philosophy

Wallace Stegner’s Angle of Repose

William Thackeray’s Vanity Fair in Portugal

The Transcendentalists: Emerson, Thoreau and Whitman

Virgil’s Aeneid

Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself

Tobias Wolff’s Liar

Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway

Virginia Woolf’s Orlando

Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse

Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse–St Ives Weekend Study

Virginia Woolf’s The Waves

Virginia Woolf’s The Waves–St Ives Weekend Study

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january 2021

05jan4:00 pmThe Dead by James Joyce Salon IntensiveVirtual Salon4:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:One Off EventDuration:One day

11jan12:30 pmMarcel Proust: In Search of Lost Time Vol. I The Way by Swann's***SALON FULL***12:30 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Nine weeks

11jan3:00 pmUlysses by James Joyce: First-timers Afternoon and Evening options**BOTH STUDIES NOW FULL**3:00 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Six months

12jan7:45 pmUlysses Second Tour: Evening Sessions January 20217:45 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Six months

14jan4:00 pmMrs Dalloway by Virginia WoolfVIRTUAL STUDY 4:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Four weeks

27jan7:30 pmThe Captive & The Fugitive -- Volumes V & IV of Proust's In Search of Lost Time7:30 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Three months

february 2021

08feb6:00 pmHamlet by William Shakespeare with Jane Wymark6:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Six Weeks

16feb2:00 pmHomer's IliadEIGHT-MEETING VIRTUAL STUDY2:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Eight weeks

23feb4:00 pmNew Kid by Jerry Craft - *Virtual Study*Winner of the 2020 Newbery Medal for Excellence in Children's Literature4:00 pm GMT VIRTUALType Of Study:Middle Grades LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Five weeks

april 2021

14apr(apr 14)6:00 pmThe Years by Virginia Woolf Five-day study in St Ives *NEW DATES*Immersive Study of Woolf's family saga in her beloved Cornwall6:00 pm St Ives, CornwallType Of Study:Literature,TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Five days

may 2021

02may(may 2)12:00 pmHomer's Odyssey in Greece: One-week immersionNew Dates12:00 pm Island of Agistri, GreeceType Of Study:TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Eight Days

29may11:00 amReading the Body: Salon and Yoga retreat in Umbria DATE CHANGE11:00 am Umbria, ItalyType Of Study:TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:One Week