Edgar Allan Poe: His Shadow Lives on Evermore
Edgar Allan Poe led a dissolute, poverty-stricken life of gambling and drinking. Yet his writing talents impressed the literary world of Europe long before he was finally accepted into the pantheon of great American writers. His reputation began while he was still alive (“The Raven”) and remains strong to this day in the world of literature, visual art, and music. He was the originator and innovator of several literary genres, including science fiction, the psychological horror thriller, the supernatural, and of course, the detective story (“The Murders in the Rue Morgue”). His legacy has influenced and continues to influence many authors, from Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie to Raymond Chandler and Jorge Luis Borges. And what other author has served as inspiration for a professional sports team (i.e., the Baltimore Ravens)? The course will trace Poe’s unsettling biographical roots and itinerant career path as a journalist, short story writer, poet, and critic from Boston to Baltimore. The readings will include his tales of mystery and imagination, his poetry, and works by authors from the 19th century to the present whom he influenced.
You'll Walk Away with
- An understanding of Poe’s continuing influence on literature, visual art, and music
- Familiarity with how Poe’s tragic life influenced his writing
- The curious and creative
- All members of the community—working, retired, and in-between