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Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive

Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Registration is NOT required
Free and open to the public

Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive

Paul Lewis and Eric Stange

Doors will open at 12:30 pm. Seating is on a first come, first served basis

This event will be held in Rabb Hall at the Boston Public Library’s Central Library in Copley Square

Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive draws on the rich palette of Poe’s evocative imagery and sharply drawn plots to tell the real story of the notorious author. The film, featuring Tony Award-winning and Emmy-nominated actor Denis O’Hare, explores the misrepresentations of Poe as an alcoholic madman akin to the narrators of his horror stories. It reveals the way in which more than any other writer of his time, and even our own time, Poe tapped into what it means to be a human being in our modern and sometimes frightening world.

The film screening will be followed by a discussion with Executive Producer Susan Jaffe Tane, Film Director Eric Stange, and Paul Lewis, professor of English at Boston College and president of the Poe Studies Association.

Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive will have its exclusive US broadcast premiere on the American Masters series in fall 2017 on PBS.                                                        

Susan Jaffe Tane is one of the foremost collectors of Poe manuscripts, and through building her collection has become an expert on Poe as well. She has curated several exhibits of Poe materials at museums including there Morgan Library in New York, and contributed essays on Poe to exhibit catalogs and anthologies.

Paul Lewis teaches American literature at Boston College. He is president of the Poe Studies Association, editor of The Citizen Poets of Boston: A Collection of Forgotten Poems, 1789-1820, and the author, most recently, of A is for Asteroid is for Zombies: A Bedtime Book about the Coming Apocalypse.

Eric Stange, director and writer of Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive, is an award-winning independent documentary film producer, director, and writer who specializes in cultural and social history. Public television credits include The War that Made America, a dramatized documentary series about the French and Indian War; The Wall and After the Wall, a two-part series about modern Germany; and Murder at Harvard, a historical who-dunnit that explores the process of historical inquiry through a compelling murder story (for American Experience). He has been a research fellow at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University. He is a member of the editorial board of Common-Place, a web journal on early American history and a visiting fellow with the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Rabb Hall is wheelchair accessible. Assistive listening devices are available. To request a sign language interpreter or for help with other special needs, call 617-859-2382 (TTY) at least two weeks before the program.

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