Autumn/Winter 2020: The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens

The Pickwick Book Club is a community of local bookworms, students, and teachers who meet monthly to discuss a nineteenth-century novel. Join us in traveling the English countryside with Samuel Pickwick and the Pickwickians, as we discuss Dickens's first novel, The Posthumous Papers of The Pickwick Club.

Pickwick Club monthly meeting schedule with guest speakers
Date Readings Facilitator Resources

October 25

The Pickwick Papers: Chapters 1-19

Christian Lehmann, Faculty of Literature, Bard High School and Early College, Cleveland

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November 22

The Pickwick Papers: Chapters 20-38

Wayne Batten, Friends of the Dickens Project Board Member

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January 24

The Pickwick Papers: Chapters 39-end

Katie Holdway, University of Southampton

This session was not recorded at the request of our guest speaker.

Recommended Edition: We recommend the Penguin Classics edition of the novel, but other versions are fine. Download the novel to read at or to listen to at

The Santa Cruz Public Libraries provide support for the reading group.