Edgar Allan Poe: Horror and Reason: Part 2

Professor Bryant continues his examination of the genius of Edgar Allan Poe, who made the short story not only respectable but an instrument of high art. Poe pulled his readers in by appealing to their fascination with the dark sides of the mind and the horrors that lurk there. And he also celebrated the power of human reason, especially in his pioneering detective stories, tales whose conventions still govern the genre. It’s time to dust off your copies of “The Purloined Letter,” “The Gold Bug,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” “Heart,” “Cat,” and “The Raven.” Let’s rediscover why Poe is recognized as one of the most original, imaginative, and ingenious authors in American literature.
Event Type
Jerry H. Bryant
Walnut Creek Library
1644 N. Broadway Ave., Walnut Creek 94596, 925-977-3340
Fridays, May 19 & 26; June 2, 9, 16 & 23, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
$72 for OLLI members
$90 for non-members