This exhibit explores the creation of two of history's most memorable monsters. In honor of the bicentennial of the publication of Frankenstein, handwritten pages of Mary Shelley's groundbreaking novel will be displayed alongside Bram Stoker's personal notes for Dracula for the first time, accompanied by scientific and medical works from the 19th century to the present.
John Bidwell and Derick Dreher explore the literary legacy of financier and collector J.P. Morgan, his formidable librarian Belle Da Costa Greene, and Dr. A. S. W. Rosenbach - who, as it turns out, were more connected than previously thought. Featuring slides and selected books from the Rosenbach collection, this conversation will focus on the authors (like Ariosto), printers (like Caxton) and private libraries (like the York Minster) that connected these giants of the rare book world. About the Speaker: John Bidwell is the Astor Curator and Department Head of Printed Books and Bindings at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York. About the Interviewer: Derick Dreher is the John C. Haas Director of the Rosenbach.