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This blog post is in honor of Charles Dickens' birthday. The prolific Victorian author of "epic stories" like Oliver Twist and David Copperfield , was born on Portsea…
continue reading Spotlight on Special Collections: When Dickens Met Poe
written by Mharlyn M.
February 7, 2020
209 years ago today, one of the most peculiar poets and apparitional authors to ever hold a pen was born: Edgar Allan Poe . His macabre and gothic tales have fascinated and entertained readers for…
continue reading Friday Five: Edgar Allan Poe-inspired Films
written by Peter SM
January 19, 2018
Move over, London! England’s capital city may count Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot among its resident gumshoes, but only Philadelphia can be called the true birthplace of the modern…
continue reading #MysteryMonday: Get Clued in to Edgar Allan Poe and More
written by Alix G.
April 10, 2017
Since the early days of printing, readers have been gripped by real-life tales of highwaymen and murderers, the last words of executed criminals, and fictional detective stories which have long…
continue reading Crack the Case with We the Detectives
written by Julie B.
March 24, 2017
His wasn’t an auspicious beginning and his end remains shrouded in mystery... 208 years ago today, Edgar Allan Poe was born to actors David Poe Jr. and Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins Poe, in…
continue reading Celebrate Poe's Life with Our Rare Book Collection
written by Allison F.
January 19, 2017
Philadelphia in the early 19th century was known as the “Athens of America.” Prominent city residents had established scholarly societies, libraries, schools, theatres, and museums;…
continue reading Poe's Philadelphia: Views of the City, 1838-1844
written by Karen L.
September 16, 2015
Looking out the window across the city on a rainy and dreary day, my mind always turns to Poe. What better author to shine a creepy candlelight on at this time of year than Edgar Allan Poe ? The…
continue reading Edgar Allan Poetry
written by Peter SM
October 11, 2013