Reading Group: George Lippard’s The Quaker City

Date / Time

  • June 21, 2017
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • July 5, 2017
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm


2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, United States



First published serially in 1844 through 1845, Lippard’s novel The Quaker City, or the Monks of Monk Hall set out to expose the criminal underbelly of Philadelphia society. Led by Edward G. Pettit, the group will discuss the book and also delve into the actual crimes of Lippard’s city in the 1840s that he used for inspiration.

About the Instructor

Philadelphia writer, Philly Poe Guy, and all-around literary provocateur Edward G. Pettit is the Manager of Public Programs at the Rosenbach. He was a featured commentator in an episode of Philadelphia: The Great Experiment, which focused on life in the city in the 1840s. In 2012, he was the Charles Dickens Ambassador for the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Dickens Bicentenary celebrations and also wrote a Dickensian mystery play for the Ebenzer Maxwell Mansion, where he performed an annual Dickens reading.