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The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe

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Lecture on Edgar Allan Poe at The Morbid Anatomy Museum

A one-hour lecture on Poe with A.N. Devers that will be held in Brooklyn at The Morbid Anatomy Museum.

Event Location: 424 Third Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Date: Fri, Oct 3, 2014
Time: 8:00pm – 9:00pm

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Poe Evening at The Community Bookstore

A joint event with The Center for Fiction and The Community Bookstore to celebrate Poe, featuring Colin Dickey and Bess Lovejoy. These authors will read from Poe and discussing his influence on their work.

Event Location: 143 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Date: Tue, Oct 7, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

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Kick Off Event: Poe’s Children: A panel discussion of Poe’s influence on writers

Poe's Children: Alison Gaylin, Peter Straub and Patrick McGrath discuss the influence of Edgar Allan Poe on writers and their work.

Event Location: 17 E. 47th Street, New York, NY 10017

Date: Tue, Oct 7, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

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Poe Reading Group: The Horror of Discovery

Although The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym is Edgar Allan Poe’s only novel, it is one of his least read and most unusual works—a strange seafaring adventure tale about an Antarctic exploration gone wrong—that has had an enduring impact on writers since its publication in 1838. Borges described it as his “greatest work,” and it influenced Jules Verne, H. P. Lovecraft, and is famously considered an inspiration for Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. We’ll read Poe’s novel and his other sea-inspired short story Ms. Found in a Bottle, H. P. Lovecraft’s novella-length sequel At the Mountains of Madness, and Mat Johnson’s recent and acclaimed novel, Pym, a satirical fantasy about an African-American scholar who journeys to Antarctica in search of answers about Poe’s enigmatic novel. We’ll look closely at themes of travel and adventure, racial symbolism, and the horror and fantasy of discovering new worlds. This class will be led by A.N. Devers.

Event Location: 17 E. 47th Street, New York, NY 10017

Date: Thu, Oct 16, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Date: Thu, Oct 30, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Date: Thu, Nov 13, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Date: Thu, Dec 4, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

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Poe Cottage Ghost Stories

An excursion to The Edgar Allen Poe Cottage where Poe spent his last days. Local writers Sean H. Doyle, D. Foy, and Sarah Gerrard will read their ghost stories first in the Poe Park Visitor Center, followed by a tour of Poe’s penultimate resting place.

Event Location: 2640 Grand Concourse, New York, NY 10458

Date: Sat, Oct 18, 2014
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

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Notes on Fiction: Edgar Allan Poe

Pulling from both Poe’s famous and lesser-known works, The Curiosity Cabinet, an ensemble founded by composer Whitney George, will perform an evening length concert of works inspired by the famous poet alongside 1920s American experimental silent films…and puppets! Old meets new with Poe's work set to sounds by Ms. George, Arthur Bergh, and other eclectic composers.

Event Location: 17 E. 47th Street, New York, NY 10017

Date: Thu, Oct 23, 2014
Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm

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Keynote: The Fever Called Living by Paul Collins

Looming large in the popular imagination as a serious poet and lively drunk who died in penury, Edgar Allan Poe was also the most celebrated and notorious writer of his day. He died broke and alone at the age of forty, but not before he had written some of the greatest works in the English language, from the chilling “The Tell-Tale Heart” to “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”—the first modern detective story—to the iconic poem “The Raven.” Poe’s life was one of unremitting hardship. His father abandoned the family, and his mother died when he was three. Poe was thrown out of West Point, and married his beloved thirteen-year-old cousin, who died of tuberculosis at twenty-four. He was so poor that he burned furniture to stay warm. He was a scourge to other poets, but more so to himself. In the hands of Paul Collins, one of our liveliest historians, this mysteriously conflicted figure emerges as a genius both driven and undone by his artistic ambitions. Collins illuminates Poe’s huge successes and greatest flop (a 143-page prose poem titled Eureka), and even tracks down what may be Poe’s first published fiction, long hidden under an enigmatic byline. Clear-eyed and sympathetic, Edgar Allan Poe is a spellbinding story about the man once hailed as “the Shakespeare of America.”

Event Location: 17 E. 47th Street, New York, NY 10017

Date: Thu, Oct 30, 2014
Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm

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