Poe Society Publications and Lectures



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The Poe Society of Baltimore has sponsored an annual commemorative lecture since 1923. As such, it is one of the most prestigious and the longest continuous lecture series devoted to the life and works of Edgar Allan Poe. Over these many decades, the Poe Society has been addressed by nearly all of the most important scholars of this century, including Thomas Ollive Mabbott, Killis Campbell, Arthur Hobson Quinn, John W. Ostrom, Floyd Stovall, Burton R. Pollin and many others. From time to time, some of these lectures were published, others have been retained only in manuscript and still others are lost or lingering unnoticed in some archive or attic.

It should be noted that information and views expressed in these lectures reflect the research and opinions of the authors.


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~~ Essay Collections and Special Publications ~~

These entries are listed chronologically, based on the date of intiial publication:


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~~ Lectures from the Annual Commemorative Programs ~~

These entries are listed chronologically, based on the date of the annual program at which the papers were initally presented:

  • 01 - 1923, January 19 - John C. French (Johns Hopkins University) - “Poe in Baltimore”; and C. Alphonso Smith (US Naval Academy) “Edgar Allan Poe”
  • 02 - 1924, January 19 - Thomas Ollive Mabbott (Columbia University) - “Edgar Allan Poe”; and Frank A. Litz “Father Tabb and Poe”
  • 03 - 1925, January 19 - Hervey Allen (author) - “Edgar Allan Poe” (This lecture was never published)
  • 04 - 1926, January 19 - Harry Lyman Koopman (Brown University) - “Edgar Allan Poe: Master of Retouching
  • 05 - 1927, January 19 - James Southall Wilson (University of Virginia) - “The Personality of Poe” (Ultimately published in the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, April 1959, pp. 131-142.)
  • 06 - 1928, January 19 - Rabbi Morris S. Lazaron - “Edgar Allan Poe: In Commemoration”
  • 07 - 1929, January 19 - Lawrence C. Wroth (Brown University) - “Poe’s Literary Background” (printed in Johns Hopkins Alumni Mag as “Poe’s Baltimore,” June 1929, 17:299-312)
  • 08 - 1930, January 19 - Edwin Greenlaw (Johns Hopkins University) - “Edgar Allan Poe: A Layman’s Point of View” (published as “Poe in the Light of Literary History”)
  • 09 - 1931, January 19 - Letitia Stockett (Friends School) - “Poe Backgrounds
  • 10 - 1932, January 19 - Killis Campbell (University of Texas) - “Poe’s Backgrounds” (Presumably a version of “Poe in Relation to His Times” from Studies in Philology, July 1923, 20:293-301, and reprinted as “The Backgrounds of Poe” in The Mind of Poe, 1933, pp. 99-125.)
  • 11 - 1933, January 19 - David A. Robertson (Goucher College) - “Poe and Poem”
  • 12 - 1934, January 19 - Edward Lucas White (Baltimore Author) - “The Genius of Edgar Allan Poe”
  • 13 - 1935, January 19 - Ford K. Brown (St. John’s College, Annapolis MD) - “Poe After a Hundred Years”
  • 14 - 1936, January 19 - Richard H. Hart (Enoch Pratt Free Library) - “The Supernatural in Edgar Allan Poe
  • 15 - 1937, January 19 - Gerald W. Johnson (The Sun Papers, Baltimore) - “A Proud Tower in the Town”; also “A Brief Symposium: Some Facts About Poe in Baltimore”: John C. French, Mrs. Edward Guest Gibson, Mr. Richard H. Hart and Rev. Bruce H. McDonald
  • 16 - 1938, January 19 - Ernest J. Becker (Baltimore City Schools) - “The Place of Poe in the High School English Course”
  • 17 - 1939, January 19 - John C. French (Johns Hopkins University) - “[Poe] In His Own Country
  • 18 - 1940, January 19 - Arthur Hobson Quinn (University of Pennsylvania) - “Poe’s Heritage in the Theatre” (No copy of this paper can be located in the archives of the Poe Society or among the papers Quinn left to the University of Pennsylvania. It is likely, however, that the text represented a summary of what appeared as “The Heritage,” the first chapter of Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography.)
  • 19 - 1941, January 19 - “Poe in Foreign Lands and Tongues” (a symposium, edited by John C. French, 1941)
  • 20 - 1942, January 19 - Thomas Ollive Mabbott (Hunter College, NY) - “What We Know and What We Do Not Know About Poe” [Although no draft of this lecture has been located, it is probably the basis for the “Annals” printed as an appendix to the volume of Poe’s Poems edited by Mabbott and published in 1969.]
  • 21 - 1943, January 19 - Bryllion Fagin (Johns Hopkins University) - “Poe as a Dramatic Critic” (published as “Poe — Drama Critic” in Theatre Annual, 1946, pp. 23-28.)
  • 22 - 1944, January 20 - J. Montgomery Gambrill (Johns Hopkins University) - “Poe in Relation to His Times”
  • 23 - 1945, January 19 - Adelyn Breeskin (Baltimore Museum of Art) - “Artists Interpretation of Poe”
  • 24 - 1946, January 19 - Richard H. Hart (Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore MD) “Poe’s Baltimore”; Rae Blanchard (Goucher College) “Poe’s Amity Street House”; John C. French (Johns Hopkins University) “The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore”
  • 25 - 1947, January 19 - Symposium “What the Contemporary College Student Sees in Poe”: Jerry Beaty, Russel Baker, Herbert Scharf, and Robert K. Burns (students at Johns Hopkins University)
  • 26 - 1948, January 18, Francis J. Thompson (Johns Hopkins University) - “Poe and Mangan” (published in Dublin Magazine, January 1950)
  • 27 - 1949, January 16 - Symposium: “Poe in Our Town”: Richard H. Hart (Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore MD) “Poe’s First Home in Baltimore”; John C. French (Johns Hopkins University) “The Amity Street House”; N. Bryllion Fagin (Johns Hopkins University) “What Poe Wrote in Baltimore”; Richard D. Steuart (author, “Caroll Dulaney”) “The Baltimore that Poe Knew”
  • 28 - 1950, Symposium “Poe’s Periodical Writing”: James H. Bready (The Sun Papers, Baltimore MD) “Poe’s Periodical Work in Baltimore”; Robert D. Jacobs (Johns Hopkins University) “Poe and the Southern Literary Messenger”; J. F. Smeall (Johns Hopkins University) “Poe and the Philadelphia Magazines”; Joseph M. Beatty (Goucher College) “Poe and the New York Magazines”
  • 29 - 1951, January 21 - Thomas F. Marshall (Western Maryland College) - “A Dream Within a Dream”
  • 30 - 1952, January 20 - Francis F. Beirne (The Sun Papers, Baltimore MD) - “Baltimore Society in Poe’s Day”
  • 31 - 1953, January 18 - Discussion: “Poe’s Biographers and Critics”: Richard H. Hart (Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore MD), N. Bryllion Fagin (Johns Hopkins University), John C. French (Johns Hopkins University), Thomas F. Marshall (Western Maryland College), and Robert D. Jacobs (Johns Hopkins University)
  • 32 - 1954, January 17 - Robert V. Walsh - readings from Poe
  • 33 - 1955, January 23 - Thomas F. Marshall (Western Maryland College) - “Poe’s Reputation in Europe Today”
  • 34 - 1956, January 22 - Una Corbett (Western High School, Baltimore) - “The Schools and the Memory of Poe
  • 35 - 1957, January 20 - Sherrod R. Albritton (Goucher College) - “Poe and Music”
  • 36 - 1958, January 19 - Floyd Stovall (University of Virginia) - “The Achievement of Edgar Allan Poe”
  • 37 - 1959, October 4 - William T. Bandy (University of Wisconsin) - “The Influence and Reputation of Edgar Allan Poe in Europe
  • 38 - 1960, October 9 - Edward Golden (Jewish Community Center) and Anne Irons “Readings from Poe”
  • 39 - 1961, October 8 - J. Albert Robbins (Indiana University) - “Edgar Allan Poe: Pioneer in American Fiction”
  • 40 - 1962, October 7 - William L. Hedges (Goucher College) - “Poe and Irving: Narrative as Hoax”
  • 41 - 1963, October 6 - John Portz (University of Maryland) - “The Anatomy of Poe’s Comic Tales”
  • 42 - 1964, October 5 - Edward Wagenknecht (Boston University) - “Poe: The Man Behind the Legend”
  • 43 - 1965, October 10 - Louis D. Rubin, Jr. (Hollins College) - “Edgar Allan Poe: A Study in Heroism” (printed as “Edgar Allan Poe: A Study in Heroism” in The Curious Death of the Novel: Essays in American Literature, Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1967, pp. 47-66.)
  • 44 - 1966, October 9 - commemorative program
  • 45 - 1967, October 8 - John W. Ostrom (Wittenberg University) - “The Letters of Poe: Quest and Answer
  • 46 - 1968, October 6 - John C. Miller (Old Dominion University) - “The Battle of Poe’s Biographers” (published as “Poe’s Biographers Brawl,” American History Illustrated, November 1976, pp. 20-29)
  • 47 - 1969, October 5 - Patrick F. Quinn (Wellesley College) - “Poe and France: The Last Twenty Years
  • 48 - 1970, October 11 - Robert D. Jacobs (University of Kentucky) - “The Courage of Critic: Edgar Poe as Editor
  • 49 - 1971, October 10 - Sam Moskowitz (author) - “Edgar Allan Poe: Father of American Science Fiction”
  • 50 - 1972, October 8 - Eric W. Carlson (University of Connecticut) - “Poe and the Soul of Man
  • 51 - 1973, October 7 - Burton R. Pollin (Bronx Community College) - “Poe Creator of Words” (supplemented in 1980, 1983, 1989 and 1994, etc.)
  • 52 - 1974, October 24 - Thomas F. Marshall (Kent State University) - “The Many Lives of Edgar Poe: Poe as Seen by His Biographers”
  • 53 - 1975, October 5 - John E. Reilly (College of the Holy Cross) - “The Image of Poe in American Poetry
  • 54 - 1976, October 10 - James W. Gargano (Washington and Jefferson College) - “The Masquerade Vision in Poe’s Short Stories
  • 55 - 1977, October 9 - Benjamin F. Fisher (Hahnemann Medical College) - “The Very Spirit of Cordiality: The Literary Uses of Alcohol and Alcoholism in the Works of E. A. Poe
  • 56 - 1978, October 8 - Richard P. Benton (Trinity College) - ”Bedlam Patterns: Love and the Idea of Madness in Poe’s Fiction
  • 57 - 1979, October 7 - J. Lasley Dameron (Memphis State University) - “Popular Literature: Poe’s Not-so-soon Forgotten Lore
  • 58 - 1980, October 5 - Helen Ensley (Frances Marion College) - “Poe’s Rhymes”
  • 59 - 1981, October 4 - Donald Barlow Stauffer (State University of New York, Albany) - “The Merry Moods of Poe: Poe’s Uses of Humor
  • 60 - 1982, October 3 - Kent P. Ljungquist (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) - “The Grand and the Fair: Poe in the American Landscape
  • 61 - 1983, October 2 - G. Richard Thompson (Purdue University) - “Circumscribed Eden of Dreams: Dreamvision & Nightmare in Poe’s Early Poetry
  • 62 - 1984, October 7 - Glen Allan Omans (Temple University) - “Passion in Poe: The Development of a Critical Term
  • 63 - 1985, October 6 - Alexander G. Rose (The University of Baltimore) and Jeffrey A. Savoye (The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore) - “Such Friends as These: Edgar Allan Poe’s List of Contributors and Subscribers to His Dream Magazine”
  • 64 - 1986, October 5 - Bruce I. Weiner (St. Lawrence University) - “The Most Noble of Professions: Poe and the Poverty of Authorship
  • 65 - 1987, October 4 - Buford Jones (Duke University) - “Poe and Hawthorne”
  • 66 - 1988, October 2 - Richard Kopley (Penn State) - “Edgar Allan Poe and The Philadelphia Saturday News
  • 67 - 1989, October 1 - Joan Dayan (University of Arizona) - “Poe’s Love Poems” (This lecture really had two parts, the first dealing with Poe’s love poetry, extending this definition to include Eureka, and the second about Poe and Slavery. Because the focus of the segment on Poe and slavery was chiefly dependent on a review from the Southern Literary Messenger that was demonstrably not written by Poe, the Poe Society asked for changes in the lecture prior to publication, which revisions were declined by Dr. Dayan, who withdrew her paper. It was subsequently revised and printed as “Amourous Bondage: Poe, Ladies and Slaves” in American Literature, June 1994, 66:239-273. Her thesis is still quite problematic, but the essay is worth seeking out. The introductory comments about how the lecture came not to be published by the Poe Society are entirely unnecessary, conveniently self-serving, essentially untrue, and best ignored.)
  • 68 - 1990, October 7 - Richard Fusco (Philadelphia) - “Poe’s Legacy to Detective Fiction
  • 69 - 1991, October 6 - John Irwin (Johns Hopkins University) - “Reading Poe’s Mind: The Association of Ideas behind ‘The Murders in the Rue Morgue’ “
  • 70 - 1992, October 4 - Dennis Eddings (Western Oregon State College) - “Poe’s Tell-Tale Clocks
  • 71 - 1993, October 3 - Craig Werner (University of Wisconsin-Madison) - “Gold Bugs and the Power of Blackness: Rereading Poe”
  • 72 - 1994, October 2 - Michael L. Burduck (Tennessee Technological Institute) - “Usher’s ‘Forgotten Church?’: Poe and 19th Century American Catholicism
  • 73 - 1995, October 1 - David Hirsch - “Poe as Moralist: ‘The Cask of Amontillado’ and the Transvaluation of Values
  • 74 - 1996, October 6 - Thomas Bonner (Xavier University of Lousiana and the United States Air Force Academy) - “The Epistolary Poe”
  • 75 - 1997, October 5 - David C. Estes (Loyola University, New Orleans) - “Festive Terror: The Carnivalesque in Poe's Short Fiction”
  • 76 - 1998, October 4 - Benjamin F. Fisher (University of Mississippi) - “Poe’s Reputation in the 1890s: A View from a Century Later”
  • 77 - 1999, October 3 - J. Gerald Kennedy (Louisiana State University) - “The American Turn of Edgar Allan Poe”
  • 78 - 2000, October 1 - Sara Selby (Waycross College) - “The Musical Poe”
  • 79 - 2001, October 7 - Mary Markey (Maryland Historical Society) - “A Web of His Own Weaving: An Investigation into the Death of Edgar Allan Poe” (This lecture chiefly presented the case that Poe may have died as a result of mercury poisoing from calomel, the rather dubious medication that was often taken during Poe’s day for cholera. Because testing of Poe’s hair, taken from his head after his death, suggested that the levels of mercury in his body were too low to have resulted in serious illness or death, Ms. Markey declined to have her interesting lecture published.)
  • 80 - 2002, October 6 - Miriam J. Schillingsburg (Indiana University, South Bend) - ”The Apocalyptic Vision of ‘The Masque of the Red Death’ ”
  • 81 - 2003, October 5 - Barbara Cantalupo (Penn State) - “Poe and the Visual Arts Scene in New York City, 1844-1846”
  • 82 - 2004, October 3 - Kevin J. Hayes (University of Central Oklahoma) - “Poe’s ‘Spectacles’ and the Camera Lens”
  • 83 - 2005, October 2 - Terence Whalen (University of Illinois at Chicago) - “Ghost in the Marketplace: Edgar Allan Poe and the Problem of Irony”
  • 84 - 2006, October 1 - Travis Montgomery (University of Mississippi) - “Turning East: Poe’s 1831 Poems and the Renewal of American Verse
  • 85 - 2007, October 7 - Christopher Bundrick (University of Mississippi) - “Obsessive (Poe)tics: Meter and Rhyme in Poe’s Poetry
  • 86 - 2008, October 5 - Scott Peeples (College of Charleston) - “Poe’s Charleston / Charleston’s Poe”
  • 87 - 2009, October 4 - Justin R. Wert (Piedmont Virginia Community College) - “A Tale of the Ragged Mountains: of Mesmerism and Composition”
  • 88 - 2010, October 3 - Dan Walden (Baylor University) - “The Coastal Frontier in The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym
  • 89 - 2011, October 2 - Elaine Hartnell-Mottram (Liverpool Hope University, UK) “The Power and the Story: Edgar Allan Poe and the Gothic of the Normal”
  • 90 - 2012, October 7 - S. T. Joshi - “Poe, Lovecraft and the Revolution in Weird Fiction
  • 91 - 2013, October 6 - Shawn E. Miller - “ ‘And Discoveries Still Farther South’: Arthur Gordon Pym and Nascent Literary Southernness”
  • 92 - 2014, October 5 - John Gruesser - topic T. B. D.
  • 93 - 2015, October 4 - Scott Chancellor - topic T. B. D.
  • 94 - 2016, October 2 - Paul Lewis - topic T. B. D.
  • 95 - 2017, October 1 - Joshua Lundy - topic T. B. D.
  • 96 - 2018, October 7 - Travis Rozier - topic T. B. D.
  • 97 - 2019, October 6 - T. B. D.
  • 98 - 2020, October 4 - T. B. D.
  • 99 - 2021, October 3 - T. B. D.
  • 100 - 2022, October 2 - T. B. D. (but anticipated as “The Poe Society of Baltimore at 100: A Look Back at the Annual Programs”

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