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In Conversation with the Rosenbach: Elaine Scarry

Rosenbach Museum & Library

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EST)

In Conversation with the Rosenbach: Elaine Scarry

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INCLUDES GENERAL MUSEUM ADMISSION. (Admission to this program is free for Rosenbach members-- to RSVP call 215-732-1600 x100 or email rsvp@rosenbach.org.)
Jan 18, 2017 $15.00 $1.74

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Shakespeare’s sonnets are indisputably the most enigmatic and enduring love poems written in English. They also may be the most often argued-over sequence of love poems in any language to date. But what is it that continues to elude us? While it is in part the spellbinding incantations, the hide-and-seek of sound and meaning, it is also the mystery of the noble youth to whom he makes a promise—the promise that he will survive in the breath and speech and minds of all of those who ever read these sonnets. In her new book, Naming Thy NameElaine Scarry asks: “How can such promises be fulfilled if no name is actually given?”

Elaine Scarry is the Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value at Harvard University. Her book The Body in Pain was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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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.  

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Rosenbach Museum & Library
2008 Delancey Place
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EST)


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Rosenbach Museum & Library

The Rosenbach was founded in 1954 by Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach (1876-1952) and his brother, Philip (1863-1953). Renowned dealers in books, manuscripts, and fine art, the brothers played a central role in the development of private libraries that later became our nation’s most important public collections of rare books, such as the Folger and Huntington Libraries. The brothers’ own personal collection, now the core of the Rosenbach, features treasures the brothers were unable to part with, including the only surviving copy of Benjamin Franklin’s first Poor Richard Almanac and the manuscript of James Joyce’s Ulysses. Our collection is continuously growing, including the addition of the papers of poet Marianne Moore, and Bram Stoker’s notes for Dracula. 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.

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