About the Meeting

The Third International Edgar Allan Poe Conference: The Bicentennial will be held in Philadelphia from October 8 to 11, 2009. The conference will celebrate Poe's 200th birthday with a keynote address by Dwight Thomas, co-author of the acclaimed Poe Log; panel presentations that highlight Poe's work, life, and influence; a performance of "Edgar: The Life and Life's Work of Edgar Allan Poe, A New Chamber Musical" at the Ethical Society Building on Rittenhouse Square; a reception in the Historic Landmark Building of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts sponsored by the Rare Book Department and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with music by The Mount Vernon Trio, a performance of Gerald Elias' "'The Raven': A Monodrama;" a bus trip to the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site; a guided walking tour of Poe's Philadelphia; an on-site gift shop from the Richmond Poe Museum; and on-site book sales by Robin's Books.

The co-chairs, Barbara Cantalupo (Penn State Lehigh Valley) and Stephen Rachman (Michigan State University), look forward to an exciting conference highlighting one of the most famous and best-loved American writers whose influence still inspires the arts throughout the world.

The Poe Studies Association along with the conference sponsors are pleased to host this event in Philadelphia, a city that continues to pay homage to Poe's legacy.

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