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In Conversation With The Rosenbach: Ernest Hilbert

Thu, March 14, 2019 6:00 P.M.
The Rosenbach | 2008 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Celebrate the publication of Ernest Hilbert’s new book of poems, Last One Out. Hilbert’s Last One Out traces the poet’s life from childhood memories of his father, both elegiac and nostalgic, to poems of celebration on the birth of his own son. Along the way, myth and history mingle with private reminiscences, drawing the reader from the haunted halls of the Chelsea Hotel to tank-littered Sinai battlefields, the tough streets of Philadelphia to the siege of Leningrad, as he dines with representatives from the Vatican Museum, rows in the Oxford dawn, and scales retreating glaciers. This new volume finds Hilbert in his element, always the daring explorer, avid performer, and vexed observer of the terrors and temptations of the modern world and the troubled history from which it proceeds. Last One Out represents a decade’s effort, an astonishing achievement and essential reading.

Ernest Hilbert is a Philadelphia poet, opera librettist, and antiquarian bookseller. He writes about books for The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal.

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The Rosenbach | 2008 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA 19103