The Friends of the Case Memorial Library invite you to share an afternoon with actor Campbell Harmon, who will give a dramatic performance of two of Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous works, The Raven and The Tell-Tale Heart, on Saturday, September 9, at 1:00.
Harmon will speak in-character as Poe about the author’s life, his death, and his profound influence on American literature. “Edgar Allan Poe was the first American writer to attempt to support himself solely on writing alone. He wrote the first modern detective story, the first modern science fiction story, and founded the modern horror genre.”
Poe experienced many hardships in his life that inspired his work. “He did not look to any literary works for inspiration, and acted more from his imagination and the experiences he went through.” Poe was an inspiration for many writers from Arthur Conan Doyle to Stephen King. He has also influenced music pop-culture – listen to “Annabelle Lee” sung by Joan Baez or Stevie Nicks and the Beatles, “I Am the Walrus.” Even TV series like “The Simpsons,” “South Park,” and “The Following” pay homage to Poe.
Harmon, a graduate of Yale Divinity School and currently the Assistant Director of Communications and Website of the school, is also involved with the Wallingford Trail of Terror, a non-profit, all-volunteer, outdoor haunted attraction that donates its profits to groups benefiting local communities – open during October and a perfect activity to get in the Halloween spirit.
Why not take this opportunity to learn about one of America’s most famous authors? The Friends continue to celebrate its 25th anniversary with this program. Registration is required in person or by phone at 203.891.2170.