DRACULA and FRANKENSTEIN at the Rosenbach
I’ve only been to Philadelphia once. I saw the Liberty Bell. I saw the amazing Mutter Museum. (To go to the city and NOT visit the Mutter is a terrible transgression for any Horror fan.) I saw the statue of Rocky Balboa and waved to it from the car. (No WAY were we stopping to get out. Traffic was hellacious!) My primary reason for visiting, however, was the Rosenbach Museum. The Rosenbach serves as home to the Maurice Sendek collection. Sendek is my favorite children’s book author and artist. (His WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE is my most beloved children’s book, and one of my favorite books, period.) The Museum is also home to Bram Stoker’s notes for DRACULA. Every Halloween, Dracula gets the spotlight. Unfortunately the year I went I had to leave before the annual Dracula parade. Guess I’ll have to go back. Oh, how awful! A return trip!
I wish I was taking that return trip this year. In addition to all things Dracula, a second of the classical Monsters is on display: Frankenstein. (The Monster, not the mad scientist. It’s a curious thing how the one has become known by the name of the other. There’s another article in there somewhere–if I remember to revisit the question.) As part of the FRANKENSTEIN AND DRACULA: GOTHIC MONSTERS, MODERN SCIENCE exhibit, quoting from the Rosenbach website, “pages from Mary Shelley’s manuscript will make their only appearance in the United States, to be displayed for the first time alongside the Rosenbach’s collection of Bram Stoker’s notes for Dracula, accompanied by 19th-century scientific, medical, and literary works.”
Holy hominy grits.
The exhibit will be open through February of next year. Okay. Okay, that’s doable. Somehow I will make this work. Somehow.