Edgar Allan Poe, the author of such enduring classics as “The Purloined Letter,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” and “The Fall of the House of Usher,” is often referred to as America’s Shakespeare. With his tales of mystery and imagination, Poe not only broke new ground but set the pattern for generations of writers to come. At the same time, in haunting and lyrical poetry such as “The Raven” and “Annabel Lee,” Poe struggled to perfect what he called “the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.” On the occasion of his 200th birthday, come explore the life and art of the original “man in black” with author Daniel Stashower. Actor Scott Sedar gives a dramatic reading of some of Poe’s most powerful works as we raise a toast in celebration and enjoy a special birthday cake.
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