Sept. 2021 - Feb. 2022: Bleak House 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. Spontaneous human combustion! Evil lawyers! Detectives! Family intrigue! These all come together in Charles Dickens’s masterwork, Bleak House.

 
Pickwick Club meeting schedule with guest speaker
Date Readings Facilitator Resources

September 26
(Zoom only)

Bleak House, Installments I-V, chapters 1-16

John Jordan, Co-Director of the Dickens Project

Zoom Recording

October 24

Bleak House, Installments VI-X, chapters 17-32

John Jordan, Co-Director of the Dickens Project

Zoom Recording

November 28

Bleak House, Installments XI-XV, chapters 33-49

John Jordan, Co-Director of the Dickens Project

Zoom Recording

January 23

Bleak House, Installments XVI-XX, chapters 50-67

John Jordan, Co-Director of the Dickens Project

Zoom Recording

February 27

Bleak House concluding overview

John Jordan, Co-Director of the Dickens Project

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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 Gutenburg.org or to listen at LibriVox.org

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