Our first title: the third Brontë’s Agnes Grey. Yes, Anne – the less trendy, less hyped, more serious sister. Her prose is compared favourably with Jane Austen’s, with exceptional subtelty and wit.
Future titles for Victorian Literary Parlour:
Trail of the Serpent by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson AND The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices by Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins
The Penguin Book of Victorian Women in Crime
Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
Erewhon by Samuel Butler
Walter Nelson has been involved in multiple aspects of public history for 40 years, with a focus on costumed, interactive programs with themes like historical etiquette, spiritualism, quack medicine and dance. His current project involves recreating the social dances of the Jazz Age using old movies as his principle source. He has appeared as a subject matter expert on the History Channel, A&E and HBO, on topics such as Victorian manners and primitive firearms. He has a BA in History from UC Berkeley and is a US Army veteran. His website, where he posts much of his research, and maintains calendar of Southern California history and dance events, is at http://walternelson.com.