Tagged Literature

Break Out Your Garlic Necklaces and Wooden Stakes for Bram Stoker's Bday!

by Michelle Sheffer Today marks Irish writer Bram Stoker ’s 171st birthday. Author of Dracula —the inspiration for many a nightmare and pop-culture meme over the past two centuries—Stoker compiled and wrote his iconic…

Shakespeare In the World Lecture Series

The Fool in King Lear advised "Speak less than thou knowest" – but it's good the speakers at this year’s Shakespeare in the World  lecture series aren’t following his advice. If you’re …

Join The Rosenbach for a Marathon Reading of Moby-Dick!

If you’ve ever joined our friends at The Rosenbach for Bloomsday , you know how fun (and slightly surreal) it can be to hear a book read aloud over an extended period of time. Well, the next Bloomsday may be several months off…

An American Author in Paris

"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 Americans to an idea of happiness, of good…

Book To Movie Night-BlackKklansman

Our first film series for 2019 asks the question: what was better, the book or the movie? BlackKklansman will be the fourth movie of this four-part series. The movie will begin promptly at 6:00 pm.  Please register at…

Bloomsday 2019

Join us on beautiful Delancey Place for the Rosenbach’s annual Bloomsday celebration on June 16, the day the world celebrates Leopold Bloom’s fictional journey through the streets of Dublin, as imagined in James…

Adult Book Club

Do love reading and talking about what you are reading?  Join us on the 2nd Friday of the month for our book club - we'll be meeting from 10:30 a.m. until noon. This month's selection is Go Tell it on the Mountain , by…

Tommy Orange | There There: A Novel

“Masterful. White-hot. A devastating debut novel” ( The Washington Post ), Tommy Orange’s There There has been lauded as a new American treasure by some of the country’s greatest writers and esteemed…

Book To Movie Night-It

Our first film series for 2019 asks the question: what was better, the book or the movie? It  will be the third movie of this four-part series. The movie will begin promptly at 6:00 pm.  Please register at…

Hands-on History at The Free Library, Parkway Central

In coordination with Tempesta di Mare GREAT BOOKS Classic Tales for Orchestra , Hands-on History explores literary masterpieces in Western literature that have inspired outstanding musical compositions. A selection…

Adult Book Club

Do love reading and talking about what you are reading?  Join us on the 2nd Friday of the month for our book club - we'll be meeting from 10:30 a.m. until noon. This month's selection is Trevor Noah:  Born a Crime…

Michael Ondaatje | Warlight: A Novel

"Sensuous, mysterious, rhapsodic” ( San Francisco Chronicle ), Michael Ondaatje’s 1992 novel The English Patient won the Booker Prize and was then adapted by Anthony Minghella into an Academy Award-winning film. His…

Telling Cervantes’s Story through Music: Telemann’s Burlesque de Quixotte

A collaboration with Tempesta di Mare’s Great Books concert In association with Tempesta di Mare, this program will focus on Miguel de Cervantes’s novel,  Don Quixote , one of the four great works of literature in their…

Susan Choi | Trust Exercise: A Novel

Excavating the hidden corners of the human heart and acclaimed for their “nuance, psychological acuity, and pitch-perfect writing” ( Los Angeles Times ), Susan Choi’s novels include the Asian American Literary…

A Voice for Peace, Concord and Harmony: XIII International Poetry Festival in Philadelphia (Room 405)

A Voice for Peace, Concord and Harmony: XIII International Poetry Festival in Philadelphia A voice for peace, concord and harmony, the XIII International Poetry Festival in Philadelphia will congregate poets from Latin America, Spain…

Julia Alvarez | In the Time of the Butterflies: 25th Anniversary Edition

In conversation with Concepción de León , the digital staff writer for the Books desk at The New York Times . She also writes "El Espace," a news and culture column for Latino . A “one-woman cultural…

Adult Book Club

Do love reading and talking about what you are reading?  Join us on the 2nd Friday of the month for our book club - we'll be meeting from 10:30 a.m. until noon. This month's selection is An American Marriage , by…

Richard Blanco | How to Love a Country: Poems

Richard Blanco made history four times at Barack Obama’s second presidential inauguration: He was the first immigrant, the first Latino, the youngest person, and the first openly gay person to be the U.S. inaugural poet. Exploring…

Barry Lopez | Horizon

Barry Lopez won the National Book Award for Arctic Dreams , a “rich, abundant, vigorously composed” ( Boston Globe ) meditation on his travels in the barren but beautiful far North. His other work includes Of Wolves and Men…

Amy Hempel | Sing to It: New Stories

“Among the strongest voices in American fiction” ( Los Angeles Times ), writer’s writer Amy Hempel is the author of the acclaimed short story collections Reasons to Live , At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom , Tumble…

First Monday Writers Group

Are you a writer who needs some motivation and encouragement? We can provide this, as well as technical skills and information that can direct you towards completing tasks for publication and discovery.  A great…

“Whan that Aprille” Day

Join us to celebrate Chaucer’s  The Canterbury Tales  with live readings in Middle English and presentations of The Rosenbach's Chaucer manuscripts. For tickets: …

Hands-On Tour: Herman Melville

With a warm heart for human nature, a cold eye for the human condition, and prose that would awe a Biblical prophet, Herman Melville was too good for his time. Join us for an odyssey through The Rosenbach’s mighty Melville…

Nathan Englander | Kaddish.com with Thomas Mallon | Landfall

Nathan Englander is the author of the story collections For the Relief of Unbearable Urges and What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank , a Pulitzer Prize finalist and winner of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story…

Poetry in Translation

Take pleasure in reading poets from other languages and cultures.

Poetry - Novels in Verse

Poetry with special appeal for tweens and teens.

Poetry - Great Contemporary Poetry

Selections from the Literature Department.

Research in Context *

Discover reliable and trusted information on a variety of topics to support middle school student research for government, U.S and world history, geography, literature, sciences, and social issues. Research In Context offers…

LitFinder *

Discover literature content from more than 150,000 full-text poems, 840,000 poem citations and excerpts, 7,100 full-text short stories and novels, 3,800 full-text essays published in the 16th-20th centuries, 2,400 full-text speeches, and…

Literature Criticism Online

This extensive compilation of literary commentary represents a range of modern and historical views on authors and their works across regions, eras, and genres. Covers Children’s, Classical, Contemporary, Drama, Poetry, Shakespearean,…

Kids InfoBits *

Elementary students in kindergarten through grade five will find age-appropriate content covering a broad range of educational topics such as animals, arts, geography, health, literature, people, social studies, technology, etc. Kids…

InfoTrac Student Edition *

High school students will have access to age-appropriate content from magazines, journals, newspapers, reference books, and engaging multi-media covering a wide range of subjects, from science, history, and literature to political…

Gale Literary Sources (formerly Artemis)

Cross-search all of Gale’s literature databases from a single digital space to find biographies, primary sources, contextual reference, and criticism. Includes Dictionary of Literary Biography, Something About the Author, LitFinder,…

Books & Authors *

Discover fiction and non-fiction books that match your interests! Books and Authors (powered by Gale's popular What Do I Read Next? series) is for readers from every level of reading proficiency and enables users to explore the endless…

Academic OneFile *

More than 18,000 peer-reviewed journals and more than 9,200 in full text Full text of The Economist ranging from 1988 to the present, with no embargo Full text of The New York Times from 1985 to present, updated daily Full text of The…

Bestsellers

Find out about the latest bestsellers from many well known resources.