Edgar Allan Poe: His Life and Five of His Greatest Tales

Bard College

Joseph Luzzi (PhD, Yale) is Professor of Comparative Literature and Faculty Member in Italian Studies at Bard College, and he taught previously at the University of Pennsylvania. His work has appeared in The New York Times, TLS, The London Times, the Guardian, Chronicle of Higher Education, and on National Public Radio. Dr. Luzzi’s awards include a Yale College Teaching Prize, Dante Society of America Essay Prize, and Wallace Fellowship at Villa I Tatti, Harvard’s Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. He is the author of five books and recently created The Virtual Book Club: an international community of readers dedicated to exploring major literary works past and present.

 

Overview

The name Edgar Allan Poe immediately conjures thoughts of macabre tales and haunting imagery that have made him one of the most celebrated writers in American history. In this presentation, we will explore the literary qualities and narrative brilliance that enabled Poe to become one of the most adept authors of the short story genre in all of the nineteenth century. We will consider such classic works as “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” and more, as we explore Poe’s place in the literary pantheon and his relation to such contemporary luminaries as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, and the other writers who helped give American literature of the time its vibrancy and enduring appeal.

 

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Linda Sainsbury

Great “tribute” to Poe!

Once again, Prof Lizzie has shared his deep knowledge of a literary figure with such passion and enthusiasm! Very interesting and fabulous speaker!

3 months ago
Hans Bleiker

This was an absolute treat to listen to.

3 months ago
Wendy Meer

Edgar Allan Poe

Again and again—you are the best! Thank you for opening our eyes and ears to a wealth of knowledge and understanding.

3 months ago
Lana Koloboff

Edgar Allan Poe

Five Stars as always

3 months ago
Lana Koloboff

Edgar Allan Poe

Professor is always a pleasure to hear.

3 months ago
James Whitefish

Fabulous!

My first One Day University lecture and I’m hooked! Great insights into the background and brilliance of Poe’s works – presented by a spectacularly gifted teacher. I’ve been drifting a bit since retirement and I definitely think I’ve finally found a place to drop anchor. Thank you!

3 months ago
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