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Fin de siecle Angst: Dracula and Heart of Darkness

The livingroom Percy Road, London

The nineteenth-century fin de siècle proved a catalyst for a series of anxieties that emerged during the Victorian period. Loss of religious faith, rise of the occult, fears about the effects of an expanding metropolis and a declining Empire, apocalyptic predictions for the future and concern about technological advances all found expression in two of the […]

£325

Art and the senses: The Picture of Dorian Gray & Perfume

The livingroom Percy Road, London

‘O for a life of sensations rather than thoughts,' exclaimed John Keats in 1817. This course is dedicated to exploring ways in which writers present sensory pleasure. Concentrating chiefly - though not exclusively* - on the work of Oscar Wilde (Picture of Dorian Gray) and Patrick Suskind (Perfume), we will examine how art and the […]

£325

Fin de siecle Angst (Part i): Dracula

The livingroom Percy Road, London

The nineteenth-century fin de siècle proved a catalyst for a series of anxieties that emerged during the Victorian period. Loss of religious faith, rise of the occult, fears about the effects of an expanding metropolis and a declining Empire, apocalyptic predictions for the future and concern about technological advances all found expression in one of the […]

£195

Heart of Darkness

The livingroom Percy Road, London

The nineteenth-century fin de siècle proved a catalyst for a series of anxieties that emerged during the Victorian period. Loss of religious faith, rise of the occult, fears about the effects of an expanding metropolis and a declining Empire, apocalyptic predictions for the future and concern about technological advances all found expression in one of the […]

£130

Art and the senses: The Picture of Dorian Gray and Perfume

The livingroom Percy Road, London

‘O for a life of sensations rather than thoughts,' exclaimed John Keats in 1817. This course is dedicated to exploring ways in which writers present sensory pleasure. Concentrating chiefly - though not exclusively* - on the work of Oscar Wilde (Picture of Dorian Gray) and Patrick Suskind (Perfume), we will examine how art and the […]

£325

Fin de siecle Angst: Dracula and Heart of Darkness

The livingroom Percy Road, London

The nineteenth-century fin de siècle proved a catalyst for a series of anxieties that emerged during the Victorian period. Loss of religious faith, rise of the occult, fears about the effects of an expanding metropolis and a declining Empire, apocalyptic predictions for the future and concern about technological advances all found expression in two of the […]

£325

Fin de siecle Angst (Part ii): Heart of Darkness

The livingroom Percy Road, London

The nineteenth-century fin de siècle proved a catalyst for a series of anxieties that emerged during the Victorian period. Loss of religious faith, rise of the occult, fears about the effects of an expanding metropolis and a declining Empire, apocalyptic predictions for the future and concern about technological advances all found expression in one of the […]

£130

Christmas Bite: Ethan Frome

The livingroom Percy Road, London

'A sad tale is best for winter', says Mamillius, Hermione's son in The Winter's Tale, and Wharton's short novel, Ethan Frome is certainly a good test case of his thesis. Set in the austere winter countryside of New England, the novel centres around the forbidden love of Ethan and his wife's cousin, the beautiful Mattie […]

£68

Christmas Bite: Ethan Frome

The livingroom Percy Road, London

‘A sad tale is best for winter’, says Mamillius, Hermione's son in The Winter’s Tale, and Wharton’s short novel, Ethan Frome is certainly a good test case of his thesis. Set in the austere winter countryside of New England, the novel centres around the forbidden love of Ethan and his wife’s cousin, the beautiful Mattie Silver […]

£68

Christmas Bite: Ethan Frome

The livingroom Percy Road, London

‘A sad tale is best for winter’, says Mamillius, Hermione's son in The Winter’s Tale, and Wharton’s short novel, Ethan Frome is certainly a good test case of his thesis. Set in the austere winter countryside of New England, the novel centres around the forbidden love of Ethan and his wife’s cousin, the beautiful Mattie Silver […]

£68

Christmas Bite: Ethan Frome

The livingroom Percy Road, London

‘A sad tale is best for winter’, says Mamillius, Hermione's son in The Winter’s Tale, and Wharton’s short novel, Ethan Frome is certainly a good test case of his thesis. Set in the austere winter countryside of New England, the novel centres around the forbidden love of Ethan and his wife’s cousin, the beautiful Mattie Silver […]

£68

Fitzgerald and the ‘roaring 20s’

The livingroom Percy Road, London

F. Scott Fitzgerald didn’t just write about the glamour, excess and hangover of the ‘roaring 20s’; he lived them too. His works chart the stunning rise and dizzying fall of the rich, beautiful and damned in a changing world of jazz, Prohibition, cars, car crashes, boom, bust and a gathering storm in Europe. This course […]

£325

Essential Dickens: (part i) David Copperfield

The livingroom Percy Road, London

It is in David Copperfield and Great Expectations that Dickens creates some of the characters and scenes that have transcended the novels themselves and attained mythic status: Magwitch’s first appearance in the graveyard, Miss Havisham’s decaying wedding cake, the odious Uriah Heep, the brutal Murdstone, the moodswings of Micawber. It is also in David Copperfield that Dickens confronts […]

£260

Essential Dickens (part i): David Copperfield

The livingroom Percy Road, London

It is in David Copperfield and Great Expectations that Dickens creates some of the characters and scenes that have transcended the novels themselves and attained mythic status: Magwitch’s first appearance in the graveyard, Miss Havisham’s decaying wedding cake, the odious Uriah Heep, the brutal Murdstone, the moodswings of Micawber. It is also in David Copperfield that Dickens confronts […]

£260

Essential Dickens (part i): David Copperfield

The livingroom Percy Road, London

It is in David Copperfield and Great Expectations that Dickens creates some of the characters and scenes that have transcended the novels themselves and attained mythic status: Magwitch’s first appearance in the graveyard, Miss Havisham’s decaying wedding cake, the odious Uriah Heep, the brutal Murdstone, the moodswings of Micawber. It is also in David Copperfield that Dickens confronts […]

£260

Essential Dickens (part i): David Copperfield

The livingroom Percy Road, London

It is in David Copperfield and Great Expectations that Dickens creates some of the characters and scenes that have transcended the novels themselves and attained mythic status: Magwitch’s first appearance in the graveyard, Miss Havisham’s decaying wedding cake, the odious Uriah Heep, the brutal Murdstone, the moodswings of Micawber. It is also in David Copperfield that Dickens confronts […]

£260

Essential Dickens (part ii): Great Expectations

The livingroom Percy Road, London

It is in David Copperfield and Great Expectations that Dickens creates some of the characters and scenes that have transcended the novels themselves and attained mythic status: Magwitch’s first appearance in the graveyard, Miss Havisham’s decaying wedding cake, the odious Uriah Heep, the brutal Murdstone, the moodswings of Micawber. It is also in David Copperfield that Dickens confronts […]

£185

Essential Dickens (part ii): Great Expectations

The livingroom Percy Road, London

It is in David Copperfield and Great Expectations that Dickens creates some of the characters and scenes that have transcended the novels themselves and attained mythic status: Magwitch’s first appearance in the graveyard, Miss Havisham’s decaying wedding cake, the odious Uriah Heep, the brutal Murdstone, the moodswings of Micawber. It is also in David Copperfield that Dickens confronts […]

£185

Essential Dickens (part ii): Great Expectations

The livingroom Percy Road, London

It is in David Copperfield and Great Expectations that Dickens creates some of the characters and scenes that have transcended the novels themselves and attained mythic status: Magwitch’s first appearance in the graveyard, Miss Havisham’s decaying wedding cake, the odious Uriah Heep, the brutal Murdstone, the moodswings of Micawber. It is also in David Copperfield that Dickens confronts his most painful childhood […]

£260

The Woman in White

The Victorians couldn’t get enough of Wilkie Collins’s novel, The Woman in White. It sold out within weeks and inspired a sales mania: Woman in White bonnets and cloaks became the rage and Walter a fashionable name for baby boys. It’s not hard to explain the novel’s popularity: it’s a rollicking potboiler full of dramatic […]

£190