A.N. Devers

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Lecture: The Everlasting Funeral of Edgar Allan Poe

  • Morbid Anatomy Museum 424 3rd Ave Brooklyn, NY, 11215 United States

Since his death on October 7, 1849 and his hasty funeral the next day, Edgar Allan Poe has not rested. Although he is buried in Baltimore, his body has been in a near perpetual state of being memorialized since his mysterious and unexpected death at the young age of 40. Cities fight over the rightful ownership of his bones and his legacy. In this illustrated lecture, writer A. N. Devers will revisit Poe’s burial, his subsequent re-burial years later, and the restaging of his funeral in 2009, a huge affair in which a horse-drawn casket carrying Poe’s life-size rubber cadaver was pulled through the streets of Baltimore before being eulogized by actors in costume from his past and from the future (like H.P. Lovecraft and Walt Whitman). She will prod at literary celebrity, how we memorialize the dead, and how these events can alter the perceived biographical history of a person. Co-sponsored by The Center for Fiction.