[SOLD OUT] The Birth of Frankenstein | Behind the Bookcase

Date / Time

  • July 11, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


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


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  • 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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In June 1816, Mary Godwin, Percy and Mary Shelley, and Claire Clairmont (Mary Shelley’s stepsister), joined Lord Byron and his doctor, John Polidori, at a rented villa on Lake Geneva. Eighteen-year-old Mary had eloped with the alreadymarried poet, Percy, the year before, and Byron had fled England in disgrace. Cold, stormy weather kept the young people cloistered for long nights of ghost stories and scientific speculation. From this alembic of romance, scandal, science, and horror, Mary dreamed up Frankenstein, and Polidori began the first vampire story to appear in English fiction. On this Behind the Bookcase tour, explore the creation of these immortal monsters by interacting with first editions and manuscripts born by the shores of Lake Geneva. 

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.