A Conversation with Richard Kopley

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Richard Kopley launched the spring 2009 season of Research Unplugged by leading an enlivening conversation about the origins of detective fiction in the work of Edgar Allan Poe.

Kopley, a professor of English at Penn State DuBois, discussed the journey in which he discovered the meanings and context of Poe's mysteries. He is the author of Edgar Allan Poe and the Dupin Mysteries, which was published in November of 2008. Kopley proposed that the mysteries were mostly related to Poe's own life, and especially the birth of his baby sister, whose father's identity remains a mystery. Kopley then theorized that since Poe's life had a mystery that he could not solve, he wrote mysteries which could be solved if one looks hard enough.

There were many Poe enthusiasts in the audience who contributed to the discussion by asking challenging questions that intrigued Kopley and enhanced the conversation.

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Last Updated March 23, 2009