Posts in “literary-history” (8)

"For two centuries," writes The New Yorker essayist Adam Gopnik in the preface of his 2004 collection Americans in Paris: A Literary Anthology , "Paris has been attached for… continue reading

By Violet L.   August 16, 2018   

George Orwell , who was born on this day 115 years ago, entered the world as Eric Arthur Blair. It is fitting that this legend of dystopian literature—which essentially puts a mask on ills… continue reading

By Julie B.   June 25, 2018   

The Centaur Book Shop was opened on 1224 Chancellor Street in Philadelphia by Harold Mason. Initial funding was partially supplied by John Frederick Lewis, the Philadelphia bibliophile and… continue reading

By Alina J.   June 22, 2018    1

Jane Eyre was my first favorite book. And that makes Charlotte Brontë —whose 202nd birthday we celebrate tomorrow—my first favorite author. I met Charlotte and Jane when I was in… continue reading

By Alix G.   April 20, 2018   

Nearly 100 years ago today, on February 2, 1922, bookstore-maven-cum-publisher Sylvia Beach stood anxiously waiting on the platform at the Gare de Lyon train station in Paris for the arrival of… continue reading

By Alix G.   February 2, 2018    2

November is the quintessential month of community, tying the nation and families together in a cranberry and pumpkin spice-scented weave of traffic jams and tryptophan that decoct into something… continue reading

By Adiel L.   November 27, 2017   

I’ve never read  Moby-Dick . I know! I work at the Rosenbach, where one of the world’s best collections of Herman Melville’s work resides, and I haven’t read his most… continue reading

By Alicia T.   November 14, 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

By Sara D.   August 30, 2017    1