Literature Studies

The Lit Salon studies of significant literature give you the opportunity to experience the diverse worlds of such authors as George Eliot, Virginia Woolf, William Faulkner, Thomas Mann, Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison, Alice Munro and Salman Rushdie. Through a close consideration of language use, narrative form and rhetorical techniques, we come to a greater understanding of the power and play of the word while broadening our perspectives.

For the adventurous, our signature 20-week study of James Joyce’s Ulysses, starting each year in January, takes you on a deep dive into Joyce’s groundbreaking novel. Or, our magnum two-year-plus voyage through Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time just might change your life. For a less intensive commitment, the monthly Lit Salon Book Club reads the finest late-20th and 21st century literature from around the world.

We post a wide range of our regular studies—from one to eight meetings—throughout the year. Check below for current offerings and check back frequently for new listings.

Do you have ideas for a study not listed? Contact us to suggest a study.

Upcoming Literature Studies

march 2021

04mar4:30 pm6:30 pmThe Bible as Literature: One-meeting taster**This Study is now FULL**4:30 pm - 6:30 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:One Off EventDuration:One day

10mar6:00 pm8:00 pmMacbeth with Jane Wymark*** SALON FULL***6:00 pm - 8:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Eight weeks

29mar12:30 pm2:30 pmWithin a Budding Grove - Vol. II Proust's A la recherché...12:30 pm - 2:30 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Three months

april 2021

06apr2:00 pm4:00 pmDubliners: Between Paralysis and EpiphanyVirtual Salon2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Eight weeks

15apr1:00 pm3:00 pmSanctuary by William FaulknerNEW study! 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Five weeks

20apr5:00 pm7:00 pmMiddlemarch by George EliotVirtual Salon5:00 pm - 7:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Seven weeks

september 2021

29sep(sep 29)6:00 pm03oct(oct 3)12:00 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 - (october 3) 12:00 pm St Ives, CornwallType Of Study:Literature,TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Five days

october 2021

29sep(sep 29)6:00 pm03oct(oct 3)12:00 pmThe Years by Virginia Woolf Five-day study in St Ives *NEW DATES*Immersive Study of Woolf's family saga in her beloved Cornwall(september 29) 6:00 pm - (october 3) 12:00 pm St Ives, CornwallType Of Study:Literature,TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Five days

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february 2021

08feb6:00 pmHamlet by William Shakespeare with Jane Wymark*** SALON FULL***6:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Six Weeks

15feb6:00 pmHenry James: The Portrait of a Lady Seven-week Virtual study2.7.21: One space remaining!6:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Seven weeks

16feb2:00 pmHomer's Iliad*** SALON FULL ***2:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Eight weeks

23feb4:30 pmNew Kid by Jerry Craft - *Virtual Study*Winner of the 2020 Newbery Medal for Excellence in Children's Literature4:30 pm GMT VIRTUALType Of Study:Middle Grades LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Five weeks

24feb6:00 pmThe Sonnet - Creativity and Constraint6:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Two weeks

march 2021

04mar4:30 pmThe Bible as Literature: One-meeting taster**This Study is now FULL**4:30 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:One Off EventDuration:One day

10mar6:00 pmMacbeth with Jane Wymark*** SALON FULL***6:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Eight weeks

29mar12:30 pmWithin a Budding Grove - Vol. II Proust's A la recherché...12:30 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Three months

april 2021

06apr2:00 pmDubliners: Between Paralysis and EpiphanyVirtual Salon2:00 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Eight weeks

15apr1:00 pmSanctuary by William FaulknerNEW study! 1:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Five weeks

20apr5:00 pmMiddlemarch by George EliotVirtual Salon5:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Seven weeks

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

september 2021

29sep(sep 29)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

october 2021

29sep(sep 29)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 Cornwall(september 29) 6:00 pm St Ives, CornwallType Of Study:Literature,TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Five days

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