Summer 2020: Waverley by Sir Walter Scott

The Pickwick Book Club is a community of local bookworms, students, and teachers who meet monthly to discuss a nineteenth-century novel. Join us for a series of discussions with Dickens Project Director, John O. Jordan, about how one of the first known historical novels may have inspired Charles Dickens.

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

June 28

Waverley: General Preface and Volume I, Chapters 1-23

John O. Jordan, Director of the Dickens Project and Professor Emeritus of Literature, UCSC and David Brownell, Friends fo the Dickens Project Board Member


July 26

Waverley: Volume II,
Chapters 24-47

John O. Jordan, Director of the Dickens Project and Professor Emeritus of Literature, UCSC and David Brownell, Friends fo the Dickens Project Board Member

August 23

Postponed due to the CZU Lightning Strike Complex wildfires.

September 27

Waverley: Volume III,
Chapters 48-end

John O. Jordan, Director of the Dickens Project and Professor Emeritus of Literature, UCSC and David Brownell, Friends fo the Dickens Project Board Member
  • Video link to be posted in October

Suggested editions: We recommend the Penguin Classics or Oxford World’s Classics editions of Waverley. Other versions are fine, but we do suggest one with a glossary that translates the Gaelic vocabulary. 

Support for the reading group is provided by the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.