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Designing Costumes for Edgar Allan Poe

Costume sketch for the narrator in Ligeia. Work by Anna Slocum. Image courtesy of the Daniel A. Reed Library, SUNY Fredonia

As a Big Read grantee, SUNY Fredonia has found a foolproof way to get students to participate: make it part of the curriculum. Professor Dixon Reynolds incorporated SUNY's Big Read selection into his Costume Design II class by having students sketch costumes for characters from several Edgar Allan Poe stories. The resulting sketches were displayed at the university's Daniel A. Reed Library throughout the month of October, offering a visual example of the many ways in which literature can be imagined and interpreted. We've re-posted a number of the illustrations here, and congratulate all of Professor Dixon's students on their very impressive work! Visit the Big Read website for a full listing of SUNY Fredonia's upcoming program events.

Sketch of the old man from The Tell-Tale Heart. Work by Josh Porter. Image courtesy of the Daniel A. Reed Library, SUNY Fredonia
Sketch of the narrator from The Tell-Tale Heart. Work by Josh Porter. Image courtesy of the Daniel A. Reed Library, SUNY Fredonia

Sketch of Usher's sister, from The Fall of the House of Usher. Work by Danielle Waterman. Image courtesy of the Daniel A. Reed Library, SUNY Fredonia

Sketch of characters from The Purloined Letter. Work by Amanda Moore. Image courtesy of the Daniel A. Reed Library, SUNY Fredonia
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