The stories of Edgar Allan Poe were wasted on me much earlier in my life (maybe even 20 years ago), when I attempted to read a short story collection. I got nothing out of it. So far, I haven’t given the author another shot. He never ended up on any of my syllabi in all those years of English literature courses. Today, however, I have a renewed interest in Poe and his scary tales.
To celebrate the bicentennial of the horror writer’s birth in Boston, the city is dedicating a square in his honor today. Earlier this year, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino named January Edgar Allan Poe Appreciation Month. Poe has connections to several other cities including New York City, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Richmond, Va., and the South Carolina Low Country. For the full story on his square in Boston, visit http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2009/04/square_named_fo.html?s_campaign=8315.
In Georgia, the Forsyth County Public Library system and Forsyth Reads Together have chosen to celebrate and encourage the reading of Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe through July 13. Special planned activities between now and then include movie nights, book discussions, and a magician’s appearance. If you want to know more, visit http://www.forsyth.public.lib.ga.us/.
All of this seems like as good a reason as any to revisit Poe.