Reading Group: Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Detection

Date / Time

  • July 8, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • July 15, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • July 21, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Poe was called the “father of the detective story” by none other than Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Led by Edward G. Pettit, this Reading Group will explore Poe’s groundbreaking mystery detective tales featuring his mastermind sleuth (and Sherlock’s spiritual predecessor), C. Auguste Dupin. Meetings will take place at both the Rosenbach and the Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia; the group will also pay a visit to the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site in Philadelphia.






Let’s All Find a Poem

Date / Time

  • April 14, 2017
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Registration There is no need to register for this program; just drop in anytime after 10. Please feel free to contact Emilie Parker with questions or for more information. Description This program was created especially for kids ages 3 to 6, but younger and older siblings are welcome. We’ll start by reading the book Daniel (more…)

Poetry-Writing Workshop: The Poet’s Process

Date / Time

  • April 15, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • April 22, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • April 29, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • May 6, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • May 13, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • May 20, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This course provides an introduction to poetry writing, drawing upon the Rosenbach’s unique collection of writers’ manuscripts to inspire the creation of new poems. Alongside viewings of such manuscripts as Marianne Moore’s poems in various stages of editing and revision, we will engage in discussions and writing experiments designed to spark original thinking, develop facility with writing, and enhance understanding of your creative process. By the end of the course, you will have created a portfolio of poems and enhanced your knowledge of diverse approaches to creative work.






Reading Group: Sherlock Holmes

Date / Time

  • April 9, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • April 23, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • April 30, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • May 7, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In this reading group—offered as a companion to the Rosenbach exhibition Clever Criminals and Daring Detectives—participants will read a selection of stories including “The Final Problem” and “The Empty House”; two short novels, “Sign of Four” and “Hound of the Baskervilles,” as well as texts that inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.






Hands-On Tour: Marianne Moore, Modernist Poet

Date / Time

  • March 10, 2017
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Poet Marianne Moore broke free of tradition and reassembled the pieces in a new and sometimes confounding way. In this tour, we will study her letters, clippings and the objects she surrounded herself with to find out more about the sources for her revolutionary and groundbreaking work.






Hands-On Tour: Sleuths and Spies

Date / Time

  • March 5, 2017
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The game is afoot to ferret out the realm of detective and spy literature at the Rosenbach. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to explore items including The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel), early editions of Sherlock Holmes, and an album belonging to a female Civil War spy. Synchronize your watches to 1500 hours and join us!






6 Questions with Yolanda Wisher and Dick Lourie

On February 9, poets Yolanda Wisher and Dick Lourie will co-host a program at the Rosenbach entitled Blues for Black Opals. Published between 1927 and 1928, Black Opals was a Philadelphia-based literary magazine founded and edited by young black intellectuals and writers. Blues for Black Opals will celebrate the poetry from that era of social …

The Rosenbach Presents RECENT ACQUISITIONS FROM THE BEQUEST OF MAURICE SENDAK

The Rosenbach 2008-2010 Delancey Place Philadelphia, PA 19103 Contact: Sara Davis Phone: 215-732-1600 x 132 Email: [email protected]   The Rosenbach Presents Recent Acquisitions from the Bequest of Maurice Sendak Rare Books From the Beloved Illustrator’s Personal Library Shed Light On His Literary Imagination PHILADELPHIA, January 18, 2017— The Rosenbach is proud to present Recent Acquisitions from the Bequest of Maurice Sendak, on view January 31 – April 30, 2017. …