of Poe's death
In honor of Edgar Allan Poe and his
time at U.Va., the Associates of the University
of Virginia Library and the Raven Society, U.Va.'s academic
honor society, will commemorate the 150th anniversary of Poe's
death on Oct. 7, at 4 p.m. at the University Chapel.
to the public, the program will feature "Better Late Than
Never: The Eulogy for Edgar Allan Poe That Should Have Been,"
a talk given by Ron Furqueron of Historical Impressions, an organization
specializing in period performances.
the program in the chapel, a wreath will be laid at the door of
Poe's room, 13 West Range, followed by a rededication of the 1899
Zolnay bust of Poe in Alderman Library. In keeping with the spirit
of the day, musical entertainment by the Library's Ad Hoc Chorus
will feature some of Poe's poems.
will offer books by and about Poe for sale at the event. The first
100 people to purchase a book will receive a free T-shirt. Complimentary
copies of the booklet, Poe at the University by Irby B. Cauthen
Jr., will be given to those attending the event. The booklet includes
two letters Poe wrote home to his foster father, John Allan, in
which he described fights he witnessed at the University and asked
his guardian for soap and a copy of Historiae of Tacitus.
In conjunction with the event, aficionados can view Poe letters
on-line from the collections of the University Library, Richmond's
Poe Museum and the Valentine Museum. The web site, created by
David Seaman, director of the library's Electronic Text Center,
is located at: http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/poe/