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Edgar Allan Poe: Love, Loss, and Invention

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Monday, November 20, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET
Code: 1K0428
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Nearly 175 years after his death, Edgar Allan Poe remains a figure of enduring fascination and speculation for readers, scholars, and devotees of the weird and macabre. Join novelist and poet Robert Morgan for a look at the life of this gifted, complicated author.

Focusing on Poe’s personal relationships, Morgan chronicles how several women influenced his life and art. Eliza Poe, his mother, died before he turned three, but she haunted him ever after. The loss of Elmira Royster Shelton, his first and last love, devastated him and inspired much of his poetry. Morgan illustrates how Poe, known for his gothic and supernatural writing, was also a poet of the natural world who helped invent the detective story, science fiction, analytical criticism, and symbolist aesthetics. Though he died at age 40, Poe left behind works of great originality and vision.

Morgan’s book Fallen Angel: The Life of Edgar Allan Poe (LSU Press) is available for purchase.

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