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Halloween Lunch Celebrated Works of Poe

Student Owen Samuels, left, and Distinguished Professor of English Richard Kopley read dialogue from The Cask of Amontillado
Student Owen Samuels, left, and Distinguished Professor of English Richard Kopley read dialogue from The Cask of Amontillado.
10/31/2011 —

A special Halloween luncheon on campus celebrated the life and works of renowned American writer Edgar Allan Poe. 

 

Poe, who lived from 1809 to 1849, is best known for his mysterious and grim tales such as, The Raven, which made him an appropriate figure to recognize on Halloween.   

 

The menu for the luncheon was based upon a meal Poe once enjoyed at a New York boarding house while visiting publishers in the city.  Distinguished Professor of English Richard Kopley, an expert on Poe, said the meal made such an impression on Poe that he wrote about it in a letter to a friend, describing the fare in great detail.  It consisted of ham, veal, tea and cakes.

 

Readings of Poe's work were performed by Kopley, student Owen Samuels, and others.  Poems such as, The Bells, and Alone, were read, as well as excerpts from The Cask of Amontillado.

Campus music instructor Paul Fehrenbach led a sing-along of a 19th century song entitled Mrs. Poe.  While it is not about Edgar Allan Poe's wife, Kopley explained that, according to a memoir, the wife of the famous writer did, in fact, play the song at least once, which delighted Poe.

 

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