Rebellious Love: Exploring Queer History, Art and Literature at The Rosenbach | Behind the Bookcase tour (in-person)

Date / Time

  • October 13, 2022
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

For many centuries, Queer people have faced marginalization by mainstream society.  Yet their obstacles have also given them unique perspectives on the human experience, and inspired important contributions to art, literature, politics, and social organizing. In this tour, we will meet Queer people from history, and consider how their diverse sexualities and identities shaped their lives and informed their work.

Drafting a Masterpiece: Celebrated Writers from the Collection | Behind the Bookcase Tour (in-person)

Date / Time

  • November 6, 2022
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Rosenbach’s collection holds some of the most beautiful and powerful lines ever written. We’ll look at and touch manuscripts and typescripts by Geoffry Chaucer, Walt Whitman, William Faulkner, and Toni Morrison. We’ll read aloud the work of some of the most creative minds to have put their thoughts down on paper, whether they used a quill, a pen, or a typewriter. 

A Warm Heart and a Cold Eye: The Legacy of Herman Melville | Behind the Bookcase tour (in-person)

Date / Time

  • December 4, 2022
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

With a warm heart for human nature, a cold eye for the human condition, and prose that would awe a Biblical prophet, Herman Melville was too good for his time. Join us for an odyssey through The Rosenbach’s mighty Melville collection. We’ll chart our voyage toward the source of Melville’s greatness through early editions of his novels and handwritten letters. Then we’ll examine Melville’s legacy for modern times. All aboard as, in the words of Moby-Dick’s Ishmael, we “sail about a little and see the watery part of the world.” 

The Modern Emily Dickinson: The Anti-Belle of Amherst | Behind the Bookcase tour (in-person)

Date / Time

  • December 22, 2022
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Belle of Amherst. The recluse who lived a life of quiet passion. For a century the Emily Dickinson of public imagination was confined to the decorous hall of The Nineteenth Century Poetess–eccentric, but never improper. But Emily was far more audacious and lively, a woman whose adventurous art and challenging ideas continue to resonate today.