CANCELLED | Behind the Bookcase | Queer Herman Melville

Date / Time

  • April 3, 2020
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In recent years, Melville has attracted new attention for his complex portrayals of interpersonal relationships. In this tour, we’ll dive into early editions of his work to explore their resonances with today’s politics of gender and sexuality.

CANCELLED | Behind the Bookcase | Herman Melville, American Voyager

Date / Time

  • April 5, 2020
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

With a warm heart for human nature and a cold eye for the human condition, Herman Melville was ahead of his time. Join us for an exploration of Melville’s significance to the 21st century, with a focus on themes like social justice, globalization, and more.

Behind the Bookcase | Lewis Carroll

Date / Time

  • April 10, 2020
    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.

Behind the Bookcase | Fakes & Forgeries

Date / Time

  • April 17, 2020
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us as we explore the notion of authenticity through objects in our collection. How do we know the difference between an original and a forgery? Come and test your detection skills.

Behind the Bookcase | Shaping Shakespeare

Date / Time

  • April 23, 2020
    6:30 pm - 7:30 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.

Behind the Bookcase | Marianne Moore

Date / Time

  • April 24, 2020
    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.

Behind the Bookcase | Civil War

Date / Time

  • April 26, 2020
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

From the writings of Abraham Lincoln, to the wartime letters of Col. Alexander Biddle of the 121st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, to a Confederate children’s textbook, this tour provides a glimpse into the lives and thoughts of those who shaped and survived America’s worst conflict.