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

august 2021

04aug2:00 pm4:00 pmGerard Manley Hopkins: The Windhover*NEW DATE*2:00 pm - 4:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:One Off EventDuration:One day

16aug1:00 pm3:30 pmThe Best of Shakespeare: A Session of Poetry from ‘the Bard of All Bards’Evening session full; NEW TIME available 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:One Off Event

september 2021

08sep6:00 pm8:00 pmLong Ago and Far Away: Egil's Saga6:00 pm - 8:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:Literature,PhilosophyFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Ongoing

13sep3:00 pm5:00 pmThe Guermantes Way -- Volume III of Proust's In Search of Lost TimeVIRTUAL STUDY3:00 pm - 5:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Three months

14sep4:00 pm6:15 pmHomer's Odyssey4:00 pm - 6:15 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Eight weeks

14sep5:00 pm7:00 pmThe Sound and The Fury by William Faulkner*New Study! *5:00 pm - 7:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Five weeks

15sep5:00 pm7:00 pmTHE WINGS OF THE DOVE BY HENRY JAMES5:00 pm - 7:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Nine weeks

22sep5:00 pm9:30 pmTime Regained- Final Volume of Proust's SearchSTUDY FULL5:00 pm - 9:30 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Eleven weeks

29sep6:00 pm12:00 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 - 12:00 pm St Ives, CornwallType Of Study:Literature,TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Five days

october 2021

06oct1:30 pm3:31 pmFinnegans Wake- The Slow Read1:30 pm - 3:31 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Nine weeks

07oct2:00 pm7:00 pmMoby Dick by Herman MelvilleNEW STUDY!2:00 pm - 7:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Three months

11oct5:30 pm7:00 pmMrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf: Five weeksVIRTUAL STUDY 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Five weeks

november 2021

01nov6:00 pm8:00 pmTHE DUCHESS OF MALFI BY JOHN WEBSTER6:00 pm - 8:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Seven weeks

january 2022

11jan2:30 pm7:00 pmUlysses by James Joyce: First-timers Afternoon and Evening options*100 year Anniversary special*2:30 pm - 7:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Six months

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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

21jul5:00 pmJazz by Toni Morrison Two-night study5:00 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Two meetings

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

16aug1:00 pmThe Best of Shakespeare: A Session of Poetry from ‘the Bard of All Bards’Evening session full; NEW TIME available 1:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:One Off Event

september 2021

08sep6:00 pmLong Ago and Far Away: Egil's Saga6:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:Literature,PhilosophyFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Ongoing

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

14sep4:00 pmHomer's Odyssey4:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Eight weeks

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

22sep5:00 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

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

07oct2:00 pmMoby Dick by Herman MelvilleNEW STUDY!2:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Three months

11oct5:30 pmMrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf: Five weeksVIRTUAL STUDY 5:30 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Five weeks

november 2021

01nov6:00 pmTHE DUCHESS OF MALFI BY JOHN WEBSTER6:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Seven weeks

january 2022

11jan2:30 pmUlysses by James Joyce: First-timers Afternoon and Evening options*100 year Anniversary special*2:30 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Six months

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