From the aching yearnings of poet John Keats for his beloved Fanny Brawne to the dying wishes of a Civil War solider writing home to his family, the Rosenbach is home to a variety of love letters. Join us for this rare peek into some of the most personal and emotional writing in our collections.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Crime, class, and ambition drive the plot ofGreat Expectations, one of Charles Dickens’s most powerful novels. In this ﬁve-session Reading Group, we’ll debate key themes and issues, view related manuscripts and books in the Rosenbach’s collection, and talk about the novel’s reception over time - from its publication in 1861 to its inclusion in Oprah’s Book Club in 2010.
The group will be led by Assistant Professor Rachel Sagner Buurma of Swarthmore College. Professor Buurma’s expertise is in the areas of Victorian literature and culture, the history and theory of the novel, literary and cultural theory, and the history of books.
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