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Perceptions of Poe, Pictures of Horror

January 19 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join the Raven Society of the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation for our annual Poe Party: an evening of conversation and curated objects from the Library’s Rare Book Department to celebrate the birthday of Edgar Allan Poe!

This year’s event will virtually explore visual adaptations and representations of Poe’s work and legacy in literature, film, comics, and popular culture.

Named in honor of Grip, Charles Dickens’ pet raven who is housed in the Library’s Rare Book Department and thought to have inspired Edgar Allan Poe’s famous poem, the Raven Society comes together to celebrate Poe’s birthday every year.

For this year’s virtual event, Karin Suni, Curator, Theatre Collection, Rare Book Department, Free Library of Philadelphia, and Dr. John Edward Martin, Scholarly Communication Librarian and literary scholar from Houston, Texas, will share some historic and contemporary images from the Rare Book Department and their personal libraries related to Edgar Allan Poe’s legacy in literature, film, comics, and popular culture, and discuss some of the ways that the author and his works have been received, adapted, and re-envisioned by generations of artists and writers over the last two centuries.

What is it about Poe that still resonates in the imaginations of popular audiences and artists who draw inspiration from his works?  How has the image of Poe and his stories and characters evolved over time to address the concerns of new audiences and social realities?  We’ll discuss these questions and more during this entertaining hour of conversation and celebration of one of our most gifted and intriguing authors.

The Raven Society is an active, engaged group of young Library supporters, ages 21-40, who enjoy behind-the-scenes access to the Library’s collections and staff, curated newsletter content and engagement opportunities, and exclusive social and networking events throughout the year.

Membership contributions from the Ravens provide critical, unrestricted support for programs at each of our 54 library locations across the city, ensuring that all Philadelphians have opportunities to learn and grow.

To learn more about the Raven Society or other ways to support the Free Library, visit freelibrary.org/raven or email us at raven@freelibrary.org!


January 19
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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