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 …

Course: The Romantic Impulse

Date / Time

  • February 3, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • February 10, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • February 17, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • February 24, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In these four sessions, we will celebrate love in epistle and in verse. Starting within the Rosenbach’s collection of letters and poems, we will read across eras and intentions, from Romantic to electronic, hopeful to heartbroken, sublime to downright naughty. Burns, Bradstreet, Byron. Marianne Moore and Mercedes DeAcosta. Keats. Even Joyce.

Yolanda Wisher’s Rent Party at the Rosenbach

Date / Time

  • April 10, 2018
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The tradition of the rent party dates back to the Harlem Renaissance, when communal gatherings of artists and musicians fed the outpouring of blues, jazz, and poetry for which this period is known. Hosted by poet Yolanda Wisher, this quarterly series celebrates the literary past with readings by contemporary poets and music performed by her band, the Afroeaters.

Bibliococktails: Emily Dickinson

Date / Time

  • 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

Date / Time

  • May 19, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 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

Date / Time

  • 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.”

Yolanda Wisher’s Rent Parties celebrate creative communities

This Thursday, we’ll celebrate the first of Yolanda Wisher’s Rent Parties, a quarterly event that celebrates the literary past with readings by contemporary poets and music performance by Yolanda Wisher and her house band, The Afroeaters. The tradition of the rent party dates back to the Harlem Renaissance, when communal gatherings of artists and musicians fed the outpouring …

Hands-On Tour: Marianne Moore

Date / Time

  • November 3, 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.