Ed Pettit, the “Philly Poe Guy”: Edgar Allan Poe and the Philadelphia Gothic Tradition

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(February 19, 2009)   Audio Download (MP3)  An intriguing glance into the world of Philadelphia Gothic literature, where writers such as Charles Brockden Brown, George Lippard, Robert Montgomery Bird, and Edgar Allan Poe flourished.…

Maurice Jackson: Let This Voice Be Heard: Anthony Benezet, Father of Atlantic Abolitionism

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(February 5, 2009)  Audio Download (MP3)    In celebration of Black History Month, the Library Company’s Program in African American History and the University of Pennsylvania Press present Maurice Jackson, Assistant Professor…

Christopher Looby, "The Paradox of Philadelphia Gothic"

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(October 29, 2008)   Audio Download (MP3)   In the first half of the 19th century, Philadelphia spawned a literary tradition of Lurid Crime, Weird Hallucination, Brooding Supernatural, and Sheer Horror - largely the work of three…

Thomas Slaughter, The Beautiful Soul of John Woolman

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(October 14, 2008)  Audio Download (MP3)   John Woolman (1720-1772), a Quaker tailor from New Jersey, had an extraordinary commitment to attaining self-purification through the rejection of slavery, war taxes, and rampant consumerism.…

Mayor Nutter Visits The Library Company

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2008 Mayor Nutter at LCP from Library Company on Vimeo.

Juneteenth Event: Featuring Richard Newman

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(June 19, 2008)  Audio Download (MP3)  Freedom’s Prophet: Bishop Richard Allen, the AME Church, and the Black Founding Fathers by Richard S. Newman is a long-overdue biography of Richard Allen (1760–1831), founder of the first…

2008 LCP Annual Dinner: Dr. Richard J. Blackett

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(May 5, 2008) Audio Download (MP3)  Richard J. Blackett is a historian of the abolitionist movement in the U.S. and particularly its transatlantic connections and the roles African Americans played in it. He is the author of Building…

Talking Prints: a Conversation With Donald Cresswell & Christopher Lane

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(April 3, 2008)  Audio Download (MP3)   The Library Company’s Visual Culture Program got off to a rousing start with our April 3rd program, “Talking Prints: A Conversation with Donald Cresswell and Christopher Lane.” Seventy-five…