Behind the Bookcase | A Definite Claim to Beauty: William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelite Book

Date / Time

  • March 24, 2020
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

In 1891, the year the Kelmscott Press was founded, Queen Victoria began her final decade, and so did William Morris, the tireless craftsman, socialist, poet, novelist, translator, and founder of the Kelmscott Press. Fusing skill, aesthetics, and a lunatic devotion to all things medieval, Kelmscott books are the quintessence of Pre-Raphaelite aesthetics–and the most profound and personal works of William Morris’s oeuvre. Venture behind the bookcase to bask in the exquisite artisanship of the Victorian twilight, and trace the late flowering of the Pre-Raphaelite book.

Behind the Bookcase | Herman Melville, American Voyager

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  • March 22, 2020
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

With a warm heart for human nature and a cold eye for the human condition, Herman Melville was ahead of his time. Join us for an exploration of Melville’s significance to the 21st century, with a focus on themes like social justice, globalization, and more.

Behind the Bookcase | Herman Melville, American Voyager

Date / Time

  • March 13, 2020
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

With a warm heart for human nature and a cold eye for the human condition, Herman Melville was ahead of his time. Join us for an exploration of Melville’s significance to the 21st century, with a focus on themes like social justice, globalization, and more.

Yolanda Wisher’s Rent Party at the Rosenbach: Black Beats Edition

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  • February 20, 2020
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Toast the literary past with readings by contemporary authors with music by Wisher’s band, the Afroeaters. This edition will explore the legacies of the Beat poetry movement and the works of Amiri Baraka, Jayne Cortez, Ted Joans, Bob Kaufman, and others.