Hands-On Tour: James Joyce & Irish Authors

Date / Time

  • February 1, 2019
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Along with James Joyce’s handwritten manuscript of his modernist masterpiece Ulysses, we’ll also read and handle works by Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, and more! These Irish authors have connections and influences extending from Thomas Jefferson and Moby-Dick to the present day.

Happy birthday, Bram!

Break out your garlic necklaces and wooden stakes! Today marks Irish writer Bram Stoker’s 171st birthday. Author of Dracula—the inspiration for many a nightmare and pop-culture meme over the past two centuries—Stoker compiled and wrote his iconic novel over the course of seven years. His handwritten notes, including character and chapter outlines, chronologies, and more, …

Chicken Paprikash and Dracula at The Rosenbach

On the first page of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, unsuspecting young solicitor Jonathan Harker, on his way to meet his new client, stops by the Hotel Royale in Klausenburgh—now Cluj-Napoca—and has a satisfying chicken dinner. Bram Stoker somehow thought it would be fine to send Dracula into the world without any more description of Harker’s dinner …

Have a Spooktacular Halloween at The Rosenbach

We at The Rosenbach have some seriously spine-tingling tales in our collection, from Bram Stoker’s notes for Dracula to first editions of Polidori’s The Vampyre and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. What better place to celebrate the spookiest time of year than at the home of these and other horrific — and horrifically inspiring — literary treasures? …

Hands-On Tour: 19th Century Gay Lives, or, Love Revealed

Date / Time

  • January 4, 2019
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Bold, cautious, resolved, ambivalent, and sometimes all of the above, gay men of the 19th century strove for authentic identities in art, literature, and love. In this Hands-on Tour, we’ll look at the rise and fall of Oscar Wilde, follow John Addington Symonds path from self-acceptance to advocacy, fraternize with Walt Whitman and Herman Melville, and see the first use of the word homosexual in an English publication.

Hands-On Tour: James Joyce & Irish Authors

Date / Time

  • October 17, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Rosenbach celebrates Bloomsday on June 16, so as a warm-up, we’ll break out some of the other notable Irish authors from our collections. Along with James Joyce’s handwritten manuscript of his modernist masterpiece Ulysses, we’ll also read and handle works by Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, and more! These Irish authors have connections and influences extending from Thomas Jefferson and Moby-Dick to the present day.

Hands-On Tour: Lesbian and Gay Lives

Date / Time

  • September 19, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Discover the hidden histories of lesbian and gay literary figures through their writings and artwork–both published and private. From Oscar Wilde’s tumultuous relationships with illustrator Aubrey Beardsley and poet/translator Lord Alfred Douglas, to the open secret of writer Mercedes de Acosta’s entanglements with Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo, the constellations of friends and lovers around these provocateurs shed light on the lives of queer artists in their respective eras.

Hands-On Tour: James Joyce & Irish Authors

Date / Time

  • June 15, 2018
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Rosenbach celebrates Bloomsday on June 16, so as a warm-up, we’ll break out some of the other notable Irish authors from our collections. Along with James Joyce’s handwritten manuscript of his modernist masterpiece Ulysses, we’ll also read and handle works by Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, and more! These Irish authors have connections and influences extending from Thomas Jefferson and Moby-Dick to the present day.

Hands-On Tour: 19th Century Gay Lives, or, Love Revealed

Date / Time

  • June 1, 2018
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Bold, cautious, resolved, ambivalent, and sometimes all of the above, gay men of the 19th century strove for authentic identities in art, literature, and love. In this Hands-on Tour, we’ll look at the rise and fall of Oscar Wilde, follow John Addington Symonds path from self-acceptance to advocacy, fraternize with Walt Whitman and Herman Melville, and see the first use of the word homosexual in an English publication.

Hands-On Tour: Dracula

Date / Time

  • May 25, 2018
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Get up close and personal with Bram Stoker’s handwritten notes (character and chapter outlines, chronologies, and more!) for Dracula as Rosenbach staff explore what it takes to create an enduring monster.