Posts by Sara D. (17)

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Now on view at the Rosenbach,  Of Two Minds: Creative Couples in Art & History   showcases the creations of romantic couples who inspired, instructed, or even assisted one another in… continue reading Violet Oakley and Edith Emerson: Painters and Partners

By written by Sara D.    March 8, 2018   

On February 7, we opened a new exhibition celebrating the art and achievements of romantic couples, from the powerful royalty of the 16th century to cinema stars of Old Hollywood to local artists… continue reading Celebrating History's Unsung Creative Couples

By written by Sara D.    February 14, 2018   

Greetings from Frozen Philadelphia! After a snowy beginning to the new year and a lot of single-digit temperatures, we're bundled up and back in the office. And as we shiver on our… continue reading Winter Reflections on the Year Without a Summer

By written by Sara D.    January 22, 2018    1

On January 1, 1818, the London publishing house Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, & Jones published a book titled  Frankenstein , or The Modern Prometheus . The publication did not… continue reading Frankenstein200 at the Rosenbach

By written by Sara D.    January 16, 2018   

Since  Frankenstein & Dracula: Gothic Monsters, Modern Science  opened on Friday the 13th of October, I’ve fielded a few questions from surprised visitors:  Dracula ,… continue reading The Science of Bram Stoker's Dracula

By written by Sara D.    November 10, 2017   

As the opening date for  Frankenstein & Dracula  approaches, we've been revisiting some of the strange ( and occasionally salacious ) stories from the lives of the Romantic… continue reading Mary Shelley's Indestructible Heart

By written by Sara D.    August 30, 2017    1

I was in graduate school when Oprah Winfrey confronted author James Frey about fabricating portions of his memoir,  A Million Little Pieces . Oprah, who had previously defended Frey’s… continue reading #MysteryMonday: How True Do We Want True Crime To Be?

By written by Sara D.    June 26, 2017   

James Joyce is said to have told his acquaintance, artist and writer Frank Budgen, that he wanted his novel Ulysses to "give a picture of Dublin so complete that if the city suddenly… continue reading Mapping Ulysses

By written by Sara D.    June 14, 2017   

June 16 is observed around the world as a celebration of James Joyce and his epic Ulysses , a novel that has been called everything from masterfully moving to hilariously obscene. Nowhere in the… continue reading Re-Joyce: The Rosenbach Celebrates James Joyce with its Annual Bloomsday Festival

By written by Sara D.    June 7, 2017   

In 1750, Philadelphia was plagued by a series of domestic robberies over several weeks. The items targeted with primarily the luxury goods that were becoming increasingly available to residents… continue reading #MysteryMonday: To Catch a Thief in the Days Before Detectives

By written by Sara D.    June 5, 2017   

Crossposted to the Rosenblog . One of the first things you may see when you enter Clever Criminals and Daring Detectives is a wall of extremely odd words in bold typography: Peg tantrums. Tip the… continue reading #MysteryMonday: "Cant" Stop Wondering about Criminal Slang?

By written by Sara D.    May 8, 2017    1

New Orleans is always on my mind at this time of year. Mardi Gras is more than just Fat Tuesday in the Big Easy, and the celebrations extend far beyond Bourbon Street: parades take place all… continue reading Literary Scenes from New Orleans

By written by Sara D.    February 23, 2017   

In The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time , Christopher Boone’s investigation into the death of a neighborhood dog is inspired by his love of detective fiction. In particular, he… continue reading #OneBookWednesday: The Curious Appeal of Sherlock Holmes

By written by Sara D.    December 14, 2016   

One of the joys of reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is experiencing the world through the eyes of Christopher Boone, whose powers of logic and perception work so… continue reading #OneBookWednesday: How Does Your Mind Work?

By written by Sara D.    November 30, 2016   

You know that pile of books on your nightstand—the ones you keep meaning to start but just haven’t gotten around to yet? Or the book that everyone was talking about last year but when… continue reading #FLPNoShameNovember: The Books I Haven’t Read

By written by Sara D.    November 21, 2016    1

I play video games. I’m not talking about casual games you download on your phone—not that there's anything wrong with that. In fact, the increasing visibility of casual gaming is… continue reading #FLPNoShameNovember: Confessions of a Girl Gamer

By written by Sara D.    November 7, 2016   

With F. Scott Fitzgerald's 120th birthday approaching, we found some interesting connections between his writing and the  Rosenbach  collection hiding within our… continue reading When Fitzgerald was Literature's Biggest Fan

By written by Sara D.    September 21, 2016