Behind the Bookcase | Marianne Moore

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  • March 15, 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 | James Joyce & Irish Authors

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  • March 17, 2020
    6:30 pm - 7:30 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.

Behind the Bookcase | Herman Melville, American Voyager

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  • March 22, 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 | A Definite Claim to Beauty: William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelite Book

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  • March 24, 2020
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

In 1891, the year the Kelmscott Press was founded, Queen Victoria began her final decade, and so did William Morris, the tireless craftsman, socialist, poet, novelist, translator, and founder of the Kelmscott Press. Fusing skill, aesthetics, and a lunatic devotion to all things medieval, Kelmscott books are the quintessence of Pre-Raphaelite aesthetics–and the most profound and personal works of William Morris’s oeuvre. Venture behind the bookcase to bask in the exquisite artisanship of the Victorian twilight, and trace the late flowering of the Pre-Raphaelite book.

Behind the Bookcase | Sleuths and Spies

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  • March 29, 2020
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The game is afoot to ferret out the realm of detective and spy literature at the Rosenbach. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to explore early mystery stories, examine an original cypher belonging to a female Civil War spy, and exercise your sleuthing skills to detect a forgery.