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Edgar Allan Poe

When looking for post ideas for the Big Read blog, I often like to browse through our online events calendar for topics. Our Big Read communities always have tons of great events out there, but every once in a while, one will really stand out and make me itch to participate. I had that exact...
The mascot for the Baltimore Ravens is a Raven named Poe. The Ravens, the 2013 Super Bowl Champions, are the only football team to be named after a poem. Photo by Phil Hoffman I have to admit, I've never really shown much interest in football. But my husband is a big sports fan, and so our Sunday...
Lou Reed. Image by Timothy Greenfield Sanders used courtesy of Esther Creative Group Yes, that Lou Reed, the lead singer and songwriter of the Velvet Underground. A few years ago when we were producing the audio guide to The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe , I stumbled upon something...
Edgar Allan Poe. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress Edgar Allan Poe. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress With Halloween on the horizon, it seemed a particularly good time to sit down with Baltimore mystery writer Laura Lippman and talk about the master of horror fiction--- Edgar Allan...
The Golden family poses with Poe in front of St. Mary’s Church in Massillon, Ohio, the site of the Big Read Kick Off event. The gothic architecture was the perfect setting for the Edgar Allen Poe theme. Photo courtesy of the Massillon Museum This spring, residents of Stark County, Ohio, have been...
By Rebecca Gross The finished Edgar Allan Poe mural, created by youth at the Logan Heights branch of the San Diego Public Library. Photo by Veronica Murphy As children, our first experience with books is typically hearing stories read out loud. Later, as cognition improves, we begin reading out...
This week, we marked the birthday of Edgar Allan Poe who was born on January 19, 1809. We tend to think of Poe as a master of gothic fiction creaky with horror or as a poet mourning a lost love in language that is lushly beautiful. These descriptions are accurate, as far as they go, but that’s only...
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...
Marian Seldes in Ondine , May 30 1954. Photo by Carl Van Vechten and used courtesy of WikiCommons One legend reads from another. Actress Marian Seldes reads the poem, "A Dream Within a Dream," by the dark and mysterious king of spooky, Edgar Allan Poe. Happy Halloween! [audio: http://bigreadblog...
Venetian Mask photo by ralev_com via stock.xchng The folks at Illinois' Quincy Public Library are reading The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe for their Big Read program, and they've planned out a calendar full of events, including film screenings, lectures, theatrical performances---even a...

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