Course: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (January)

Date / Time

  • January 7, 2018
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • January 14, 2018
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • January 21, 2018
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • January 28, 2018
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Registration Tuition for this reading group is $200 Registration will open to Delancey Society members on August 22, to members on August 29, and to the public on September 5. Rosenbach members at the Contributor level and above will receive a 10% discount on tuition. Not a member? We invite you to join upon registration. Click (more…)

Course: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (October-November)

Date / Time

  • October 22, 2017
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • October 29, 2017
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • November 5, 2017
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • November 12, 2017
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

About 200 years ago, a runaway teenager awoke from a nightmare. Encouraged by her lover – a man married to another woman – she wrote down her dream, and in the process created a story that continues to haunt us today. In these 4 class sessions we will explore the secret history of Frankenstein, learning about the sexual politics and scientific controversies that animated Mary Shelley’s masterpiece. We will also explore Frankenstein’s longevity, identifying where and how this Gothic tale has shaped our culture.

Halloween at the Rosenbach

Date / Time

  • October 28, 2017
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

In honor of history’s greatest monsters, join us for a celebration of mad science and medical oddities by exploring our Frankenstein & Dracula exhibition and trying your own questionable experiments.

Course: Vampire Literature

Date / Time

  • November 11, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • December 9, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • January 13, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • February 10, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • March 10, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • April 14, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This class will study the shifting images and themes of the rise of the vampire as a literary obsession, beginning with the first literary vampire: Sir Frances Varney, star of the notorious penny dreadful, Varney the Vampire, or, The Feast of Blood. The class will then study Bram Stoker’s classic, Dracula, and with a focus on the ways Stoker borrowed, shifted, and altered the tropes started by Rymer. For the second half of the semester, the class will study the vampire in contemporary literature, exploring how modern authors reimagine classic vampire images and themes and how modern vampires reflect the shifting political landscape.

Bibliococktails: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Date / Time

  • January 12, 2018
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Raise a glass to toast the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein with the Modern Prometheus: a twist on the classic gin martini with hints of citrus and elderflower liquer. During the cocktail party we’ll get a sneak preview of Mary Shelley, a solo performance by Jennifer Summerfield premiering next week. Bibliococktails The Bibliococktails series (more…)

Bibliococktails: Bram Stoker’s Dracula [SOLD OUT]

Date / Time

  • November 10, 2017
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Description Celebrate Bram Stoker’s 140th birthday with a LUCY’S CURE, a blend of Bloody Butcher Bourbon and rich red wine that is sure to bring you life. This event coincides with our Frankenstein & Dracula exhibition. Bibliococktails The Bibliococktails series celebrates great literature and great libations. Held almost every second Friday, programs include light refreshments (more…)

When Mary Met Percy: A Love Story

What’s a good love story without a little bit of drama? Sure, there’s something to be said of happy couples riding off into the sunset, hand in hand, but what people really want are stories full of pain, struggle, heartbreak, infidelity, poverty, loss, and just enough love left over to keep things interesting. While most …

The curious Sir Thomas Browne

It was a time of increasing globalization, sectarian conflict, and political polarization.  No, I’m not talking about the U.S. today, but about Europe in the 1630s, when the Continent was tearing itself apart in the Thirty Years War and England was drawing the battle lines of its own Civil War, which erupted in 1642.  In …

Mary Shelley Acquisitions

We’re delighted to announce that the Rosenbach has recently acquired a rare first edition (1818) of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus, as well as first editions of Shelley’s novels Valperga (1823), The Last Man (1826), The Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck (1830), and Falkner (1837).  These terrific additions to our collections of English Romantic …