Goethe coming to the Rochester Public Library . . . Stay Tuned

Goethe coming to the Rochester Public Library . . . Stay Tuned

10/6/21 on the steps of the Rundel Memorial Building. With books by or related to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe held at the RPL and photos of the lost Goethe bust; (top row) Cynthia Dana, Donna Borgus, Max Schaible; (bottom row) Dexter Benedict, Roger Ehrich, Marion Ehrich [Photo: David Kramer]

As seen in Goethe kehrt zum Leben zurück, in 2015 when the bust of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 – 1832), German poet, playwright, novelist, scientist, statesman, theatre director and critic, was stolen from the Highland Bowl, few expected to see the bust or a re-creation return to Rochester.

(left) 2016 Audrey Boyce [Photo: David Kramer]; (right) 2008 David Kramer [Photo: Dean Tucker] From Goethe kehrt zum Leben zurück

However, Max Schaible and Roger Ehrich, son of the late sculptor of the lost Goethe bust, were determined to bring Goethe back to Rochester. With the invaluable help of Roy Allen, founder of Small Matters Institute, Dexter Benedict is now commissioned to re-create the bust to be located on the 1st floor of the Rundel Memorial Library Building in the Arts & Literature Division.

10/6/21 Signing ceremony (l-r) Dexter Benedict, Donna Borgus, Roger Ehrich, Marion Ehrich, Cynthia Dana. Not pictured, Max Schaible [Photo: David Kramer]

On October 6th at Rundel, we had a signing ceremony.

10/6/21 David Kramer with just one portion of the RPL’s Goethe collection. [Photo: Max Schaible]


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About The Author


Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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