Heard on Campus: Richard Kopley on Edgar Allan Poe

March 18, 2009

"Poe’s biological father abandoned the family 12 months before his sister, Rosalie, was born, and that was a very big deal at the time. I’m inferring that Poe created the detective story and the character of Dupin to solve mysteries in place of the mystery he can’t solve: who is Rosalie’s father?" – Richard Kopley, professor of English at Penn State DuBois

Kopley hosted the first Research Unplugged conversation of the spring season on Wednesday, March 18. He discussed "Before Sherlock Holmes: Edgar Allan Poe and Detective Fiction" with a full house of colleagues and community members in the gallery of Penn State's Downtown Theatre. A full podcast of the event will be available on iTunesU and the Research Penn State Web site http://www.rps.psu.edu/ on Monday, March 23.

Research Unplugged is an informal lecture series hosted by Penn State's Office of Research Publications and held at noon Wednesdays in Penn State's Downtown Theatre Center. The afternoon begins with a brief introduction of the topic, followed by an open floor for questions, comments and discussion. The event is free to the public. Complimentary coffee and light refreshments are served.

For more information, visit http://www.rps.psu.edu/unplugged/.

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