Video: Rediscovering Poe

November 04, 2010

Edgar Allan Poe is considered the inventor of the modern detective story, and like Poe's fictional detective Dupin, Richard Kopley's tireless and focused investigations have uncovered innovative discoveries about Poe the writer, and Poe the man. Kopley, distinguished professor of English at Penn State DuBois, presents a concentrated and original view of the timeless works of Edgar Allan Poe.

Author of the book "Edgar Allan Poe and the Dupin Mysteries," Kopley's understanding of Poe is the result of years of diligent research and analysis. His work reveals some unique insights about Poe's sources of inspiration and his creative process. Combining astute literary analysis with rigorous investigation and extensive travels, Kopley sheds a new light on the meaning and context of Poe's works. By using the interpretive and detailed inspection process of "close reading," Kopley presents a perspective on Poe, his life and his literature, that can be appreciated by both the scholar and the casual reader.

This profile video, produced by Patrick Mansell, introduces Kopley and highlights some of his findings. View the video at /video/163147/2013/02/09/video-no-title.

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  • 'Edgar Allan Poe and the Dupin Mysteries' by Richard Kopley

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