Author brings Edgar Allan Poe to the stage
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BRATTLEBORO- On Tuesday, May 14 at 7 pm, the Hooker and Dunham Theater will host the “Edgar Allan Poe: Love and Death.”

Admission will be $8, the performance is recommended for ages 13 and up.

In the works of Edgar Allan Poe, the dead do not often stay dead. Perhaps it is appropriate, then, that the author himself is coming back to life for two readings in Vermont. The New England-born author will read a combination of both well-known and lesser-known works both to educate and to entertain. Additionally, Poe will explain how a vindictive Vermont native played a horrifically destructive role in his life.

“Edgar Allan Poe: Love and Death” features the author’s discussion of the intertwining themes of love and death. He once wrote that the death of a beautiful woman is the most poetic topic in the world. See if he was right as Poe himself returns to life to read from the works that best display that thin line between love and death — including “Annabel Lee” and “The Raven.” Many of Poe’s works feature a beautiful woman dying tragically, often violently. In addition to reading a selection of these works, the author will explain his reasoning for his macabre themes. Audience participation will be encouraged.

Poe is portrayed by literary historian and playwright Rob Velella. Nicknamed the “Prometheus of American literary scholarship,” he has taken his research on 19th century American writing outside of academia by lecturing at various historical sites, libraries, and colleges from Pennsylvania to Maine. In his ongoing efforts to bring the writers of yesterday back to the readers of today, he has dramatically brought to life several literary figures, including the young Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Poe. Velella also maintains the American Literary Blog (, an “almost-daily celebration of important (and not-so-important) dates in 19th century American literary history.”

This performance at Hooker and Dunham Theater and one at the Rutland Free Library on May 13 are his first performances in Vermont.

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