The Rosenbach Museum and Library of Philadelphia hosts a series of “informal, intimate talks given by literary and cultural luminaries. In Conversation with the Rosenbach delves into fascinating histories, intellectual curiosities, and inspiring ideas. Each program offers the audience a chance to join the conversation after the talk and share their own thoughts and questions.”
I have been invited to talk a bit about my essay “Austen’s Ring and Shelley’s Heart: Our Fascination with Literary Relics.” I’ll discuss rare book collectors and their attraction to objects once owned by their favorite authors, including Jane Austen’s ring, Virginia Woolf’s desk, Tolkien’s academic gown, Hemingway’s moccasins, Jack Kerouac’s typewriter, and J.K. Rowling’s chair.
The event is hosted by Edward G. Pettit, the library’s manager of public programs.
Thursday, October 5th, 6-7PM
2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103
Hope to see you there!
More information about the Rosenbach.
Home to a collection of nearly 400,000 rare books, manuscripts, and ﬁne and decorative art objects, including some of the best-known literary and historical objects in the world, the Rosenbach serves everyone from school children and families to scholars and casual visitors from around the corner and around the globe.
The Rosenbach seeks to inspire curiosity, inquiry, and creativity by engaging broad audiences in exhibitions, programs, and research based on its remarkable and expanding collections. In December 2013, the Rosenbach became afﬁliated with the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation, bringing together two of the world’s preeminent collections of rare books, manuscripts, Americana and art. The combined holdings of the Rosenbach and the Free Library of Philadelphia inspire unique exhibitions and programs throughout the year.