[SOLD OUT] Southern Gothic | Behind the Bookcase

Date / Time

  • August 15, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


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


  • Admission is $30. Members receive exclusive discounts on our programs and courses. Not a member? Learn more.
  • This is an in-person program at The Rosenbach. Please check your spam folder for your email confirmation. If you have questions, please call (215) 732-1600 or email [email protected].
  • Registration opens for Delancey Society on May 31, for Rosenbach members on June 7, and for the general public on June 14

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Southern Gothic is a uniquely American genre, with its portrayal of flawed and grotesque characters set in the American South. Modern authors like Flannery O’Connor and Cormac McCarthy have perfected the sinister, unsettling, and even violent stories that deal with subjects like race, class, and isolation in the United States, but who influenced these quintessential authors? In this Behind the Bookcase tour, we will look closely at the evolution of the Gothic, birthed in 18th Century Europe, then developed in such works as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Americanized by writers like Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe, and Harriet Beecher Stowe, polished and truly Southernized by Ambrose Bierce and William Faulkner, and masterfully modernized by Toni Morrison. Look at rare books and manuscripts in the Rosenbach’s collection and read aloud some of the most gothic of the Southern Gothic in Dr. Rosenbach’s historic library.

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.