Author Archives: Gabrielle Dean

Ephemera at the World’s Fair

The Winston Tabb Special Collections Research Center is pleased to host “Downfall of the Exhibition: Ephemera and Opposition at the Crystal Palace,” a presentation by Jo Briggs, Associate Curator of 18th- and 19th- Century Art at the Walters Art Museum. … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass was born into slavery on a plantation in Talbot County, Maryland, around 1818; the exact date of his birth was unknown to him, but he chose to celebrate it on February 14. In honor of his 200th birthday, … Continue reading

The Selfie Strikes Back

February 6, American Selfie exhibit opens February 7, Deborah Willis, “Locating the Self-Portrait in Postcard and Photobooth Imagery,” Mason Hall Auditorium, 5:30 pm Most of us take selfies for a variety of reasons: to commemorate an event, to share our … Continue reading

Portrait of a Poet

There are two days during the year when you are bound to come across some version of the portrait above: Halloween, when we gather about us anything spooky, ghostly, ghastly, or tragic; and the anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s birth … Continue reading

To Be a Black Writer: Chester B. Himes

This guest post by Lawrence Jackson, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of History and English, from his forthcoming biography of Chester Himes, previews the talk he will give on “Chester Himes and Life Writing,” on Wednesday, February 22 at 5:15 pm in … Continue reading

Spirits of the Dead: The End of Enigmatic Edgar – February 5, 4pm

Don your black turtlenecks and come hungry for popcorn to Spirits of the Dead, a trilogy of short film adaptations of tales by Edgar Allan Poe showing at the George Peabody Library on Sunday, February 5, at 4 pm. The … Continue reading

Will The Real Edgar Allan Poe Please Stand Up?

In honor of Edgar Allan Poe’s 208th birthday, today we are launching the digital complement to an exhibition of delicious Poe rarities currently on view at the George Peabody Library—The Enigmatic Edgar A. Poe in Baltimore & Beyond: Selections from … Continue reading

The Arc of a Curious Career: Wallace Stevens in Print

For most readers of classroom anthologies, Wallace Stevens (1879-1955) equals a jar on a hill, a 13-point blackbird or a snow-man. And those are all delicious poems in the signature Stevens key—poems that vibrate at the juncture of the familiar and … Continue reading

John Barth Loves Us: A Valentine to Fiction

S: So, what are you doing on February 14? Wanna go on a date? Z: Hello? S: …with me and John Barth? Z: A double date? S: Also, Rafael Alvarez, Madison Smartt Bell, Matt Porterfield, Rosalia Scalia, and Jason Tinney? … Continue reading

Lost and Found in the Funhouse: Open for Business

Our new exhibition of rare books and manuscript materials is open… now! Lost and Found in the Funhouse: The John Barth Collection celebrates the American writer John Barth, known for his masterful literary experiments. Barth’s novels and stories are full … Continue reading