Poe scholar to present next SAGE lecture

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Barbara Cantalupo, associate professor of English at Penn State Lehigh Valley, will be the featured speaker for the next Senior Adults Gaining Enrichment lecture. Cantalupo will present "The Poe You May Not Know" at 11 a.m. Nov. 2 in Room 135 at the campus in Center Valley.

SAGE is an outreach program of Penn State Lehigh Valley for adults 55 or older. Each SAGE session begins with coffee at 10:30 a.m., the speaker at 11 a.m. and lunch at noon.

Although Edgar Allen Poe’s name is most often identified with stories of horror and fear, this talk will stake a claim for the less familiar Poe, the one who often goes unrecognized or forgotten, the Poe whose early love of beauty was a strong and enduring draw.

"This talk will show how Poe’s 'deep worship of all beauty,' expressed in an 1829 letter to John Neal when Poe was just 20, never entirely faded despite the demands of his commercial writing and editorial career," Cantalupo said. "In that letter, Poe appealed to Neal 'as a man that loves the same beauty which I adore — the beauty of the natural blue sky and the sunshiny earth' (Letters 47). This is the Poe you might not know."

Cantalupo is founding and current editor of The Edgar Allan Poe Review, originally published at Penn State Lehigh Valley. Beginning in 2013, the journal will be published by The Pennsylvania State University Press. She is also series editor of "Perspectives on Poe" for Lehigh University Press. Her edited books include a reprinting of the 1916 revised version of the 1892 novel "Other Things Being Equal" by Emma Wolf with an introduction (Wayne State UP, 2002), "Prospects for the American Literary Study, Vol. II" with Richard Kopley (AMS Press, 2009), "Emma Wolf's Short Stories in The Smart Set" with an introduction (AMS Press, 2009) and "Poe's Pervasive Influence" (Lehigh UP/Roman & Littlefield, 2012). Cantalupo is the author of numerous essays on 19th century American authors as well 20th century American women writers and artists.

The cost of the lecture is $15 and includes coffee and lunch. To register, contact Carol Buddock at 610-285-5059.

For more information, or for media inquiries, please contact Allison Goodin at 610-285-5067 or aag18@psu.edu.

 

 

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Last Updated October 10, 2012