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

Beowulf

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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03jun6:00 pmBIRCHES BY ROBERT FROST6:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:One Off EventDuration:One day

10jun10:00 amBeloved by Toni Morrison 4-week study: MorningsVIRTUAL STUDY: 10:00 am VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Four weeks

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11jun7:00 pmWomen of Greek DramaSIX-MEETING VIRTUAL STUDY7:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Six Weeks

15jun2:00 pmFree Sample Discussion: The Iliad Unhurried2:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:One Off Event

16jun6:00 pmAN ARUNDEL TOMB BY PHILIP LARKIN6:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:One Off EventDuration:One day

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23jun2:00 pmThe Iliad UnhurriedA slow reading of Homer’s tragic poem of the Trojan War2:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Twelve weeks

23jun6:00 pmLong Ago and Far Away: Egil's SagaOngoing virtual study6:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:Literature,PhilosophyFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Ongoing

july 2021

07jul6:00 pmSANDPIPER BY ELIZABETH BISHOP**This Study is Now Full**6:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:One Off EventDuration:One day

21jul6:00 pmTHE TYGER by William Blake6:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:One Off EventDuration:One day

august 2021

04aug2:00 pmGerard Manley Hopkins: The Windhover*NEW DATE*2:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:One Off EventDuration:One day

16aug5:00 pmThe Best of Shakespeare: An Evening of Poetry from ‘the Bard of All Bards’5:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:One Off Event

september 2021

13sep3:00 pmThe Guermantes Way -- Volume III of Proust's In Search of Lost TimeVIRTUAL STUDY3:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Three months

14sep5:00 pmThe Sound and The Fury by William Faulkner*New Study! *5:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Five weeks

15sep5:00 pmTHE WINGS OF THE DOVE BY HENRY JAMES5:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Nine weeks

22sep(sep 22)5:00 pmTime Regained- Final Volume of Proust's SearchSTUDY FULL5:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Eleven weeks

29sep6:00 pmThe Years by Virginia Woolf Five-day study in St Ives *NEW DATES*STUDY FULL Immersive Study of Woolf's family saga in Cornwall6:00 pm St Ives, CornwallType Of Study:Literature,TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Five days

october 2021

22sep(sep 22)5:00 pmTime Regained- Final Volume of Proust's SearchSTUDY FULL(september 22) 5:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Eleven weeks

06oct1:30 pmFinnegans Wake- The Slow Read1:30 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Nine weeks

november 2021

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december 2021

22sep(sep 22)5:00 pmTime Regained- Final Volume of Proust's SearchSTUDY FULL(september 22) 5:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Eleven weeks

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