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Bi-monthly meetings, 6.30 - 7.45pm (doors open at 6.15pm)
Annual subscriptions have sold out in advance but a limited number of tickets are available for individual meetings

Dr Johnson’s House cordially invites you to join Dr Johnson’s Reading Circle for its second year. An intimate after-hours reading group led by a prominent eighteenth-century academic, the Circle meets bi-monthly in the former home of Dr Samuel Johnson.

The Reading Circle will meet in the unique surroundings of 17 Gough Square to read and discuss fiction and non-fiction from, and about, the time in which Johnson lived. Dr Jane Darcy of University College London will lead the meetings, which aim to encourage a convivial atmosphere and lively conversation on the themes of pre-selected texts.

Dr Johnson's House Library in the evening

The first meeting will take place on Tuesday 4 October, 6.30 - 7.45pm (doors open at 6.15pm) and will discuss Jenny Uglow's biography, 'The Lunar Men.'

For each meeting, a book will be chosen from a wide range of fiction and non-fiction, both eighteenth-century and modern, including Michael Bundock's 'The Fortunes of Francis Barber' and of course James Boswell's monumental 'The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.'

A summer outing to Johnson's Oxford is envisaged.

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The Reading Circle is open to all, though booking is required.
Tickets: £50 for an annual subscription (SOLD OUT) OR £10 per session (includes a complimentary glass of wine)

Tickets for individual sessions:

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Please note that refunds are offered only in exceptional circumstances.

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Dates of upcoming meetings and provisional reading list:

Tuesday 21 March, 6.30pm (James Boswell, The London Journal)

Tuesday 23 May, 6.30pm (Extracts from Boswell’s Life of Johnson (9 Apr-Dec 1773; Jan–Dec 1775; 16-29 Mar 1776))
Suggested edition: Oxford World’s Classics, edited RW Chapman

Tuesday 20 June, 6.30pm (Richard Brinsley Sheridan, School for Scandal- dramatized reading)

Most books can be purchased from Dr Johnson's House shop at each meeting and we are pleased to offer a 10% discount to attendees of the Reading Circle.

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Jane Darcy is an honorary lecturer in the Department of English at UCL where she previously held a British Academy postdoctoral fellowship and a teaching fellowship. Her research interests are in the literature and culture of the eighteenth century and Romantic period. She has a particular interest in Jane Austen and is currently writing a book entitled ‘Jane Austen & Melancholy’ in which she considers, amongst other topics, Austen’s great love for Dr Johnson. Jane has lectured several times at Dr Johnson’s House and in 2015 set up Dr Johnson’s Reading Circle, now in its second year. Her 2013 book, Melancholy and Literary Biography, 1640-1816 , takes Johnson as its central focus.

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