Tagged Rosenbach

Reading Moby-Dick for the First Time

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 famous book. I’ve admired his…

The Science of Bram Stoker's Dracula

Since  Frankenstein & Dracula: Gothic Monsters, Modern Science  opened on Friday the 13th of October, I’ve fielded a few questions from surprised visitors:  Dracula , really? It’s not difficult to see the…

Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden Visits the Free Library of Philadelphia!

Earlier this week, Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden made a whirlwind visit to the Rosenbach and the Parkway Central Library , and we couldn't have been more thrilled to have her! On her tour, she was able to view a selection…

Rosh Hashanah Is a SWEET Time to Visit the Free Library

Rosh Hashanah —the celebration of the Jewish new year—begins at sundown on Wednesday night, September 20. Even those not celebrating the holiday may be preparing, as Philadelphia schools are closed Thursday and Friday .…

Mary Shelley's Indestructible Heart

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 authors whose dark and imaginative stories…

#ThrowbackThursday: Re-reading Beatrix Potter’s Little Pig Robinson

Little Pig Robinson , published in 1930, is the last book in Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit series , though it was one of the first to be written. In a letter from 1893, Potter described seeing a pig on a ship in the harbor at…

Celebrate Family Fun Month with the Free Library!

August is Family Fun Month , and the Free Library has some ideas for you and your family to celebrate together, library-style! Check it out: Enjoy Oval+ programs in the newly-reopened Right outside of the Parkway Central Library on Vine…

Mapping Ulysses

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 disappeared from the earth, it could be…

Re-Joyce: The Rosenbach Celebrates James Joyce with its Annual Bloomsday Festival

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 United States is this global literary…

#MysteryMonday: "Cant" Stop Wondering about Criminal Slang?

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 velvet. Potatoe trap. What could these…

#MysteryMonday: Get Clued in to Edgar Allan Poe and More

Move over, London! England’s capital city may count Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot among its resident gumshoes, but only Philadelphia can be called the true birthplace of the modern detective tale. In celebration of our…

Crack the Case with We the Detectives

Since the early days of printing, readers have been gripped by real-life tales of highwaymen and murderers, the last words of executed criminals, and fictional detective stories which have long fascinated us. What has made this form of…

Visit the Free Library While the DNC Is In Town!

With the Democratic National Convention descending on the city next week, political partying and election events are taking over the town. Joining in on this moment for the city, the Free Library and the Rosenbach also have some…

Philadelphia’s Literary Christmas—Bloomsday!

Our literary Christmas is almost upon us: Philadelphia’s favorite bookish holiday— Bloomsday —arrives on Thursday, June 16, and we couldn’t be more excited! This annual event celebrates James Joyce’s…

#OneBookWednesday: The Civil War on Display

This One Book, One Philadelphia season takes us back in time to the Civil War era, as we travel and travail alongside fictional southerners Inman and Ada in Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain . Adult companion books Twelve Years a…