Reading Groups

Looking for a group of people who share your love of literature? Your search is over. For almost a decade, reading groups have gathered at the Rosenbach for evenings of discussion led by some of the area’s most notable scholars.

Each year, the Rosenbach offers between four and six Reading Groups. Each group focuses on a different novel or a collection of shorter works. Past examples include Moby-Dick, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and the Romantic Poets. Courses typically run between four and nine sessions that meet at the Rosenbach, during which a specialist scholar contextualizes the work and leads the group (usually 12-15 people) in discussion. At least once during the course, the group examines related rare books, manuscripts, and other items found in the Rosenbach’s collection.

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Upcoming Reading Groups

Reading Group: Jane Austen, Revisited

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 6:00pm - 7:45pm
Join us as we read and appreciate Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, under the guidance of Edward G. Pettit, and examine Austen's take on the Gothic. More

Reading Group: Ulysses

Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
This Reading Group offers a welcoming environment designed to unlock the complexities and joys of Ulysses and offer insight into James Joyce’s genius. More

Reading Group: Ulysses

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 6:00pm - 7:45pm
This Reading Group offers a welcoming environment designed to unlock the complexities and joys of Ulysses and offer insight into James Joyce’s genius. More

Reading Group: Sherlock Holmes

Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
This reading group celebrates and examines the work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; specifically, his creation of Sherlock Holmes, the most iconic fictional detective ever created. More

Current Reading Groups

Poetry Writing Workshop

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
This course provides an introduction to poetry writing, drawing upon the Rosenbach’s unique... More

Reading Group: Sherlock Holmes

Sun, 04/09/2017 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
This reading group celebrates and examines the work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; specifically, his... More

Reading Group: Ulysses

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 6:00pm - 7:45pm
This Reading Group offers a welcoming environment designed to unlock the complexities and joys of... More

Reading Group: Ulysses

Sun, 10/09/2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
This Reading Group offers a welcoming environment designed to unlock the complexities and joys of... More

Reading Group: Jane Austen, Revisited

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 6:00pm - 7:45pm
Join us as we read and appreciate Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, under the guidance of Edward... More

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Past Reading Groups

Reading Group: Jane Austen, Revisited

Join us as we read and appreciate Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, under the guidance of Edward... More

Reading Group: Ulysses

This Reading Group offers a welcoming environment designed to unlock the complexities and joys of... More

Reading Group: Ulysses

This Reading Group offers a welcoming environment designed to unlock the complexities and joys of... More

Reading Group: Charles Dickens

Join us as we read The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, one of Charles Dickens'... More

Reading Group: Jane Austen

Join us for some Austen in August as we read and discuss Emma and some of Austen's shorter... More