Sept. 2021 – Feb. 2022: Bleak House by Charles Dickens

Sep. 26, Oct. 24, Nov. 28, Jan. 23, and Feb. 27 at 2:00-4:00 PM (PDT) | Virtual Event

Spontaneous human combustion! Evil lawyers! Detectives! Family intrigue! These all come together in Charles Dickens’s masterwork, Bleak House. Join Professor John O. Jordan (Dickens Project Co-Founder and Co-Director) for a series of discussions about his favorite Dickens novel.


Reading Schedule

Bleak House reading schedule
Sep. 26 Installments I-V, Chapters 1-16 zoom-video-recording.png
Oct. 24 Installments VI-X, chapters 17-32 zoom-video-recording.png
Nov. 28 Installments XI-XV, chapters 33-49 zoom-video-recording button
Jan. 23 Installments XVI-XX, chapters 50-67 zoom-video-recording button
Feb. 27 Concluding overview zoom-video-recording button


Preparation for the Discussion: The meetings for Bleak House will be a hybrid of in-person attendance and Zoom attendance. 

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 at

The Santa Cruz Pickwick (Book) Club, a branch of the Dickens Fellowship, is a community of local bookworms, students, and teachers who meet monthly to discuss a nineteenth-century novel. The Santa Cruz Public Libraries provide support for the reading group.