Author Archives: Gabrielle Dean

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

The Tragedy of Freddie Gray, Act 2

If you were in Baltimore this spring, you witnessed and felt our city’s pain in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody on April 19. Protests, violence, looting and fires, clean up, marches, arrests, indictments: … Continue reading

Summer Reading: On the Go!

It’s summer and you’re heading out of town—or maybe you’re planning a trip to the far reaches of your very own backyard for an imaginary afternoon getaway. Either way, you’re going to want something to read. Traveling is so much … Continue reading

Summer Reading: Experiment!

In a recent blog post, I made some suggestions for good summer reads that offer a relaxing break from the academic routine—a way to shift your mind into summertime gear. But of course, what counts as a break depends on … Continue reading

Summer Reading: Relax!

Summertime and the livin’ is easy, according to Porgy and Bess. Sometimes, at the end of a tough semester, what you really need to unwind is a nice big stack of sentimental romance novels, heart-rending memoirs, and thrillers calculated to … Continue reading