Good Monday, Cobblers!
When I think “Gothic literature,” I think Poe. Even today Poe is a commonly referenced in pop culture. I will be honest: during the early part of my undergraduate studies, I avoided any and all Poe’s works in a snobbish attempt to avoid any author I thought was “popular.” Fortunately, after being required to read “Annabel Lee,” I suddenly understood that yes, good literature can be popular, too. The more of Poe’s work I read, the more I realize I am a part of his ‘fandom’, and soon I’ll be wearing Poe t-shirts and getting “The Raven” tattooed on my back.
If you would like to read this story, Bartelby.com has it in HTML so that no downloading is required: “Bartleby: The Fall of the House of Usher.” It’s a short and sweet read, so don’t skip it simply because of a time crunch.
The Edgar Allan Poe Society hosts many of Poe’s works and related information on their site. This includes a book length biography by Arthur Hobson Quinn: “Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography (1941).”
Open Culture has compiled a set of videos related to Poe. One is Christopher Lee reading “The Raven,” and the other is the trailer for the animated “The Fall of the House of Usher” in which Lee narrates: “Christopher Lee (R.I.P.) Reads Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Raven,’ and From ‘The Fall of the House of Usher‘.”
Our only feature piece comes from The New York Review of Books, written by Marilynne Robinson: “On Edgar Allan Poe.” This piece focuses more on Poe’s “The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pam of Nantucket,” but there’s some great insight into Poe: “He both amazed and antagonized his contemporaries, who could not dismiss him from the ﬁrst rank of writers, though many felt his work to be morally questionable and in dubious taste, and though he scourged them in print regularly in the course of producing a body of criticism that is sometimes ﬂatly vindictive and often brilliant.”
Our final piece for Poe is the H.P.Lovecraft poem dedicated to, and inspired by, Poe, available on Mental Floss: “H.P. Lovecraft’s Spooky Poem About Edgar Allan Poe.”
I have featured H.P. Lovecraft and Poe in previous months, so check out those post for more Gothic literature:
The only advice I know to be true: Keeping reading until Monday is no more.