It may be the club with the worst name ever, but the Parker House’s Saturday Club was a powerful gathering of literary force.
Regular visitors included Emerson, James Russell Lowell (Editor of The Atlantic Monthly), Hawthorne, Whittier, Longfellow, and Oliver Wendell Holmes.
This group, what today we might call a ‘think tank’, met on a monthly basis at the Parker House to debate, read aloud, and dine.
It was common for literary visitors to Boston to visit the Saturday Club, and Charles Dickens once gave a private reading of “A Christmas Carol” before its onstage premier.
Still, with all that literary might, it’s too bad they couldn’t come up with a better name, isn’t it?