Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Upcoming Poe Events in Boston

The curators of "The Raven in the Frog Pond: Edgar Allan Poe and the City of Boston," on display now at the Boston Public Library, will lead tours of the exhibit on Thursday, 4 February at 6 p.m. and Saturday 13 February at 3 p.m. (each led by Paul Lewis); Saturday 21 February at 3 p.m. (led by Rob Velella), and Saturday 6 March at 3 p.m. (led by Paul Lewis). The tours will last about 45 minutes. The exhibit is in the Cheverus Room (third floor, McKim Building).

Also, on Thursday 18 February at 6 p.m. New Yorker cartoon editor Robert Mankoff will join Paul Lewis for "What's So Funny About Edgar Allan Poe?", an"exploration of humor by and about Edgar Allan Poe. Beyond his dark tales, in which humor is frequently mixed with fear or madness, Poe wrote satires, parodies, and putdowns, some of which were aimed at Boston and its writers. As a familiar figure in New Yorker cartoons, Poe (like the Grim Reaper) provides occasions for joking about things that go bump in the night." That'll take place in the BPL's Abbey Room (second floor, McKim Building).

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