Course: Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson

Date / Time

  • April 18, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • May 9, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm

In this course we will read the essential poems from the Whitman and Dickinson canons in modern editions of their work, while also exploring online archives that reproduce their poems as they originally appeared. We will contextualize these poems in their cultural and biographical contexts, while also experiencing them as aesthetic objects in their own right.

Hands-On Tour: Marianne Moore

Date / Time

  • April 19, 2019
    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.

Hands-On Tour: Lewis Carroll

Date / Time

  • April 24, 2019
    6:30 pm - 7:30 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.

Museum Adventures at The Rosenbach

Date / Time

  • April 25, 2019
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Calling all pre-schoolers! Come play with us on the last Thursday morning of every month. We’ll read a story together and then embark on a treasure hunt through the Rosenbach brothers’ glitzy Rittenhouse Square home to discover things that relate to the story. Afterward, families are welcome to join us in our activity room for hands-on art making activities, creative play, music and snacks.

In Conversation With The Rosenbach: Christine Nelson

Date / Time

  • April 25, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for a conversation with Christine Nelson, the Drue Heinz Curator of Literary and Historical Manuscripts at the Morgan Library & Museum and author of The Magic of Handwriting: The Pedro Corrêa do Lago Collection.

Course: James Joyce’s Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – SOLD OUT

Date / Time

  • April 27, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • May 18, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • June 15, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In this course, we’ll read two modernist masterpieces by James Joyce: Dubliners, a collection of stories, and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Joyce’s semi-autobiographical novel. Along the way, we’ll read some of Joyce’s letters and earlier writings, and a few key works of literary criticism, seeking to understand the forces that drove Joyce to exile himself from Ireland, only to then repeatedly turn his attention back to the city he left behind. Veterans of The Rosenbach’s Ulysses course will find so much to love in Joyce’s earlier writings, while those steeling themselves to take the plunge into Joyce’s famously difficult book will gain an invaluable introduction.

Course: Melville: Beyond Moby-Dick POSTPONED

Date / Time

  • April 28, 2019
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • May 19, 2019
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This four-week course won’t be anything close to a comprehensive survey of Melville’s writings. Yet by setting aside his behemoth, Moby-Dick, we will acquire depth into key texts that help us gain perspective on his career and, even more importantly, insight into his arguments about politics, power, self-deception, and modernity.

Shakespeare Free Read-Aloud Group: King Lear part 2

Date / Time

  • May 4, 2019
    1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Reading Shakespeare’s plays aloud offers not only a communal way to enjoy these great works but also promotes a deeper understanding of Shakespeare’s poetry and wordplay. No acting experience is required to participate — just bring a copy of the play we’re reading…and your voice!