Friday, Jan 18, 2019, 7:30 pm
575 Osgood Street
North Andover, MA
Edgar Allan Poe himself rises for this special appearance! Poe, who was born in Massachusetts in January 1809, is portrayed by literary historian Rob Velella. He will read a combination of Poe’s well-known and lesser-known works. Poe will even take questions from those in attendance. Photographs welcome.
Rob Velella is an independent literary historian and playwright specializing in American literature of the 19th century. As a scholar, Velella has published articles and presented academic papers on figures as varied as Margaret Fuller, Oliver Wendell Holmes and Walt Whitman. Nicknamed the “Prometheus of American literary scholarship,” he has taken his research outside of academia by lecturing at various historical sites, libraries and colleges from Pennsylvania to Maine. He has worked on museum exhibits at the Boston Public Library and at Houghton Library at Harvard University.
In his ongoing efforts to bring the writers of yesterday back to the readers of today, since 2009 he has dramatically brought to life literary figures Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe, for which he has been featured on NPR and the LA Review of Books.
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