Almost a Remembrance: Belle Greene's Keats

On 23 February 1821, the Romantic poet John Keats (1795–1821) died in Rome from tuberculosis. Marking the two-hundredth anniversary of his death, this talk considers the Morgan’s Keats collection through the lens of the library’s first director, Belle da Costa Greene (1879–1950), a self-described “Keats lover" who built, catalogued, and interpreted the Morgan’s world-class Keats holdings. Join Philip Palmer, Robert H. Taylor Curator of Literary and Historical Manuscripts, for a virtual discussion of this untold tale of literary and institutional history.

Please note that the program will take place online. After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to participate using Zoom. We ask that you download the app in advance for the best user experience.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 3 PM

Tickets: Free; limited availability, advance registration is required.

Right: Joseph Severn, portrait sketch of John Keats, 1821. MA 214.7. Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan, 1909.
Left: Clarence White, full-length photographic portrait of Belle da Costa Greene, ca. 1910(?).ARC 2821. Archives of the Morgan Library & Museum.

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