Hands-On Tour: Herman Melville

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  • May 4, 2018
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

“It is not down in any map; true places never are.” So says Ishamel in Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. Join us for a look at the Rosenbach’s mighty Melville collection. We’ll explore letters and original editions of Melville’s novels to find some of the true places of his life and work.

What Poet Changed Your Life?

When I was in third grade, I participated in a poetry-writing workshop that was held in my hometown’s art museum; the idea was for us third-graders to write and workshop a poem inspired by an artwork or artifact on display. I remember roaming around the museum with my classmates, all on our best church behavior, quietly and gravely examining the …

Hands-On Tour: Women Poets

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  • April 13, 2018
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Covering female poets from the 16th century to the 20th century, this new Hands-On Tour highlights remarkable female poets in the Rosenbach collection, including Phillis Wheatley, Anne Bradstreet, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Emily Dickinson. Through manuscripts, commonplace books, and first editions of their writing, we will discuss their extraordinary ways of creating identities, adaptation to adversity, and breaking conventions through poetry.

Romance at the Rosenbach

Love is in the library: over the holidays, two visitors got engaged while on a tour of the historic house. Admittedly, some of us were in on the plan. One of our artistic staff members created a library display case with a copy of the bride-to-be’s favorite book, Jane Eyre, opened to the page with the famous line “Reader, I …

Bibliococktails: Emily Dickinson

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  • May 11, 2018
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Bibliococktails series celebrates great literature and great libations. Held almost every second Friday, programs include light refreshments, themed cocktails provided by Quaker City Mercantile, and a rotation of activities such as readings, music, and games. 21 and up.

Course: Moby-Dick by Herman Melville-SOLD OUT!

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  • June 23, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • July 21, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • August 18, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • September 15, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • October 20, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Devoted fans of Moby-Dick and first-time readers alike can dive deep into the pages of this great American novel. The course will tackle portions of this literary Leviathan during six monthly sessions and explore the novel within the context of Herman Melville’s life, the influences of Romanticism, and the age-old conflict of personal freedom versus social obligation.

In Conversation with the Rosenbach: Bill Goldstein

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  • June 6, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The World Broke in Two tells the story of 1922, a pivotal year in literary history. In his talk, Bill Goldstein will describe the intellectual and personal journeys that year of four of the key writers of the 20th century – Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, D. H. Lawrence and E. M. Forster – and examine the influence on them of James Joyce’s Ulysses and Proust’s In Search of Lost Time. The New York Times Book Review called The World Broke in Two “Fresh . . . significant . . . comprehensive and exuberant . . . entirely full of life.”