Friday, January 16, 2009

Celebrate Edgar Allen Poe's 200th Birthday

January 19, 2009 will be the celebration of the master of the macabre's 200th birthday. Celebrate Edgar Allen Poe's birthday by checking out some of his chilling tales from the library!

If you'd like to delve straight into his works, check out one of our collections of Poe's works or some selections read on CD. If you'd like to know more about him, you might look to a biography such as Kenneth Silverman's "Edgar A. Poe: Mournful and Never-Ending Rememberance" which was called a "mesmerizing chronicle of Poe's short and disorderly life" by Publisher's Weekly.

For fiction dealing with Poe, Matthew Pearl's second installment of literary thrillers "The Poe Shadow: A Novel" might be to your liking. Or if it's an adaptation you're after, The Simpson's first Treehouse of Horror episode has my favorite retelling of "The Raven," narrated by James Earl Jones.

For more information on Poe, you can link to the Poe Museum, which is hosting a celebration of his bicentennial online, and also see the Edgar Allen Poe Society of Baltimore. These sites feature Poe's works as well as educational resources and biographical information.


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