President’s Letter February 2017
As we embark into another year of Trollopian activities, I extend the Society’s felicitations and all best wishes for 2017! Trollopiana #106 is presently en route from the U.K. and members stateside should have it in their hands shortly.
We will welcome Benjamin Parker of Brown University as the speaker for our Winter Reception on February 20, 2017 at St. Bartholomew’s Church. Professor Parker’s talk is entitled “Does Trollope’s Psychology Follow Newton’s Laws?” You may reserve tickets on the TrollopeUSA.org website.
A number of other activities are on the 2017 calendar. The Center for Fiction in New York will host a reading group of William Makepeace Thackeray’s Vanity Fair, led by scholar and Trollope Society director N. John “Jack” Hall. Thackeray was Trollope’s idol and mentor, and this is sure to be an invigorating excursion for Trollopians. The group will meet from February through May 2017, and is $120 for members of The Trollope Society. Tickets are available here.
The N.Y. Society Library is now in the sixth season of its “Tea and Trollope Reading Group” with Blanche Siegal on select Sundays through May 2017. Siegal leads discussions of Trollope’s works, accompanied by tea and light refreshments. Participation is limited to members of the N.Y. Society Library; contact them at www.nysoclib.org or by phone at 212-288-6900, ext. 230.
On April 4, Everyman’s Library will publish The Duke’s Children: The Only Complete Edition in hardcover. This low-price edition will give all Trollopians the opportunity to read the fabulously restored, unexpurgated edition of the last novel in the Palliser series. You may pre-order it from Amazon for $21.24 via the link on the TrollopeUSA.org website.
Last November, I led a discussion of The Eustace Diamonds with faculty members of St. David’s School in Manhattan. It was a lively evening, and the experience generated, for me, new friends and, hopefully for the Society, new Trollopians. On Sunday, February 26, I’ll be leading a discussion of Ayala’s Angel for the Jane Austen Society Connecticut Region; if you are near the greater Hartford area and would like to join us to share thoughts on this most Austenesque novel, contact me directly at gerlach@TrollopeUSA.org.
As always, information and reservation details for all events is published on our website at www.TrollopeUSA.org and is sent to all members via email. If your email address is not on record, please contact us at your earliest convenience.