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6/8/2018 - Edgar Allen Poe

On Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 7pm, Campbell Harmon brings Edgar Allen Poe to life at the Southbury Public Library. This program is a part of the Southbury Public Library’s Adult Summer Series “Revisiting Our History at the Southbury Public Library.”

During this spectacular one hour program with dramatic performances of “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Raven,” Campbell speaks in-character as Poe with the audience about the author's life, his death, and his profound influence on American literature. Harmon will dispel the myths that have surrounded Poe’s legacy to show how his works continue to affect us today. Edgar Allan Poe was the first American writer to attempt to support himself solely on writing alone. He wrote the first modern detective story, the first modern science fiction story, and founded the modern horror genre. His famous, tragic love for his wife, Virginia, helped to inspire his landmark poem, “The Raven.” Speculation over the cause of his mysterious death in 1849 continues to this day. His writings still speak to us more than 160 years later and have inspired countless stage and film adaptations.

Campbell Harmon has performed as Edgar Allan Poe since 2009, including a past performance in 2012 at the Southbury Public Library. He has brought the Master of the Macabre to life for audiences across America. Harmon has worked with libraries, schools, and the National Endowment for the Arts to further historical education and spark a love of reading in young and old alike. In his diminishing spare time he volunteers as a performer at the Wallingford Trail of Terror, a non-profit haunted attraction benefiting local charities for 17 years. Harmon is a displaced Kentuckian and graduate of Yale Divinity School. He lives in Wallingford, Connecticut in a 105 year-old house with a 140lb dog.

Like all Southbury Public Library programs, this presentation is free to attend and open to anyone regardless of town of residency. Registration is required. Please call 203-262-0626 ext. 130 to register. This program is sponsored by the Charles H. and Ella Emery Rutledge Fund and the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.