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Edgar Allan Poe

Gaia holding his print, The Raven (Forevermore). Photo by Edward Winter Photography Situated amid a housing project in west Baltimore, the tiny brick rowhouse at 203 Amity Street might strike visitors as an unlikely national landmark. Yet it was here that Edgar Allan Poe lived from 1832 or '33 to...
Galesburg, Illinois Poe impersonator David Keltz performs at Galesburg High School as part of The Big Read. Photo courtesy of David Keltz Productions, LLC This winter, residents of Galesburg, Illinois, and its surrounding communities have tackled the use of cryptography in Edgar Allan Poe?s...
Terre Haute, Indiana Each year Arts Illiana brings together area designers to create themed dinner settings, called tablescapes. Seen here is last year?s My Ántonia tablescape, created by Vigo County Public Library for its 2010 Big Read. On March 3rd, Vigo County Public Library will unveil its...
Virginia Beach, VA Friends of the Library, Virginia Beach, created a giant-sized book of Edgar Allan Poe's stories and poems to promote The Big Read. Photo courtesy of Virginia Beach Public Library Edgar Allan Poe spent much of his life in Virginia---he was raised up in Richmond, attended the...
Libby, Montana Matthew Pearl, author of The Poe Shadow, signs a book for Carrie Terrell, Plains Library District Director. Photo courtesy of Lincoln County Public Library staff Throughout the fall, communities in Montana?s Lincoln County have delved into the dark, twisted world of Edgar Allan Poe...
October 20, 2010 Washington, DC Halloween is just around the corner. We dug deep into our audio catacombs to uncover an ominous Edgar Allan Poe poem---"A Dream within a Dream" read by actress Marian Seldes. [audio: http://bigreadblog.arts.gov//audio/MarianSeldesReadsPoe.mp3] [ transcript ] Edgar...
Washington, DC "book" by Eddi 07 via Flickr ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/eddi_07/ / CC BY 2.0 ) . . . are all chiming in today on The Big Read blog in honor of National Poetry Month! Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality but...
Washington, DC Stephen King signs his new book before the Charlotte County Library System Big Read kick-off. Photo by Lisa Mondelli, Graphics and Marketing Coordinator, Charlotte County Through April 30, Florida's Charlotte County Library System---in partnership with Charlotte County Public Schools...
Washington, DC A window display at C&S Bookstore in Forest Park, Illinois, set the stage for the Big Read panel discussion by local writers on Poe's influence on the mystery genre. Photo courtesy of Oak Park Public Library Based in Lisle, Illinois, writer Luisa Buehler pens a mystery series...
Austin, TX The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin is celebrating the writing of Edgar Allan Poe with a range of activities, including poetry readings, film screenings, and an exhibition, to name a few. Today's Roadshow and Tell features just a few of the posters that the...

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