POSTPONED: The Summer of Monsters | Virtual Behind the Bookcase Tour

Date / Time

  • May 27, 2021
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


This event is rescheduled from its original program date, Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 6 p.m. EST. The new date is Tuesday, June 29 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. EST. If you already registered for the May event, then you’ve been automatically registered for the new June date and do not need to re-register. If you would like to cancel your registration, please contact us at [email protected].

In June of 1816, Mary Godwin, Percy Shelley and Mary’s stepsister, Claire Clairmont joined Lord Byron and his doctor John Polidori at a rented villa on Lake Geneva in the Swiss Alps. Eighteen-year-old Mary had eloped with the already married 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 in English fiction. Explore the creation of these immortal monsters with first editions and manuscripts born by the shores of Lake Geneva in The Rosenbach’s Summer of Monster virtual Behind the Bookcase tour.


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Pictured: Bust of Shelley by Mrs. Leigh Hunt, once owned by Dr. Rosenbach, formerly in the possession of Thomas Carlyle and given by him to Robert Browning.