Hands-On Tour: Charles Dickens

Date / Time

  • August 18, 2017
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Even if you’ve never read a line of Charles Dickens’s work, you know some of his creations. In this tour we’ll look at the original portrayals of Oliver Twist, Scrooge, and other memorable characters. Through manuscripts, letters, and other documents we’ll follow their creator’s progress from ambitious unknown to international celebrity.






Hands-On Tour: Women Poets

Date / Time

  • August 11, 2017
    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.






Hands-On Tour: Women Poets

Date / Time

  • August 4, 2017
    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.






Hands-On Tour: Women Poets

Date / Time

  • August 6, 2017
    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.






Making a Verbal Monster:  Cyclops in Virgil’s Aeneid 3 and Joyce’s Ulysses

For this year’s Bloomsday and the rest of this summer, the Rosenbach’s partner desk display in the historic library is filled with objects that show classic literary influences on James Joyce’s Ulysses.  Starting with his introduction (at age 10) to Homer’s Odyssey through Charles Lamb’s school edition, we see that the characters and language of …

Hands-On Tour: Shaping Shakespeare

Date / Time

  • July 21, 2017
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

When is Shakespeare not Shakespeare? And what is a folio, anyway? After seeing some of Shakespeare’s earliest printings and books that inspired his plots, we’ll explore how his work has fared at the hands of actors, editors, and forgers.






Hands-On Tour: Lewis Carroll

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  • July 14, 2017
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Mathematician and cleric Charles Lutwidge Dodgson published children’s books under the pen name Lewis Carroll. This tour will explore both the man and the author, drawing on letters from Dodgson to his publishers, original drawings by John Tenniel (the illustrator of the Alice books) photographs of children taken by Carroll, and, of course, copies of his books.






How true do we want true crime to be?

I was in graduate school when Oprah Winfrey confronted author James Frey about fabricating portions of his memoir, A Million Little Pieces. Oprah, who had previously defended Frey’s memoir as a meaningful book with or without a strict adherence to the facts, apologized to her viewers: “I left the impression that the truth does not …

Bibliococktails: The Hound of the Baskervilles

Date / Time

  • August 11, 2017
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Beat the dog days of summer with the most famous canine in crime fiction (sorry, Scooby). With a discussion of this puzzling prequel and a specially crafted cocktail, The Baskerville, you can help us do battle with Sherlock Holmes’ fiercest foe.






Sherlock Holmes Game Night

Date / Time

  • August 2, 2017
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The game is afoot at the Rosenbach—literally. Join us this summer to play the sleuth with a selection of board games, card games, and role-playing games inspired by the iconic master detective Sherlock Holmes. Light refreshments will be provided and seasoned game-masters will be on hand to guide new players.