Behind the Bookcase | Herman Melville, American Voyager

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  • March 13, 2020
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, United States

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 by considering four critical themes addressed in The Rosenbach’s new exhibition American Voyager: Herman Melville at 200: social justice, marine conservation, globalization, and LGBTQ issues. Join us as, in the words of Moby-Dick’s Ishmael, we “sail about a little and see the watery part of the world.”

About Behind the Bookcase: Hands-on Tours at The Rosenbach

Behind the Bookcase: Hands-on Tours offer unparalleled access to see, and even touch, rare and important items not usually on view to the public. Each program is dedicated to a different author, theme, or topic and grants a truly hands-on experience with materials in The Rosenbach’s inspiring collection.

See all upcoming tours hereSpace is limited and advance registration is strongly recommended. 


Pictured: Herman Melville, Omoo: A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas. Complete in Two Parts. (New York / London: Harper & Brothers / John Murray). AL1 .M531o 847b.