The Thoreau Society and The Thoreau Farm Trust – The Thoreau Society and Thoreau Farm Trust Annual Fun-raising Auction
Auction Ends: Mar 29, 2023 10:00 PM EDT

Unique Experiences

The Art of Authorship: Encountering the Writer's Craft in the Collection of the Rosenbach

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Estimated Value
$300 USD
$90 USD to forestmagic
Number of Bids
2  -  Bid History

Item Description

How do writers work?  How does a literary work move from abstract idea in the author’s mind to a physical reality, in the form of a book or other publication?  Visit the Rosenbach Museum & Library in Philadelphia, one of the world’s great repositories of rare books and manuscript and home to iconic treasures of world literature, for a deep dive into the writers’ work processes.  Together, we will journey into the Rosenbach’s atmospheric historic library to study manuscripts, typescripts, and first editions of iconic and lesser-known works to consider the writer’s work.  Artifacts to be studied include the manuscript of James Joyce’s Ulysses, handwritten research notes kept by Bram Stoker as he wrote Dracula, the manuscript of Charles Dickens’s The Pickwick Papers, typescripts for LGBT Hollywood icon Mercedes de Acosta’s Here Lies the Heart, drafts of poetry by Marianne Moore, and the manuscript and first edition of the novel Batouala by French author René Maran, the first Black author to win the Prix Goncourt.   

The hands-on tour will be led by Dr. Alexander Lawrence Ames, Director of Outreach & Engagement at the Rosenbach.  



Purchase of this item supports Thoreau Farm Trust (TFT) and the preservation of Henry David Thoreau's Birthplace.

Item Special Note

Limited to twelve people. Program length is 75 minutes. To be scheduled in coordination with the Rosenbach. Must be redeemed by December 2024.