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ALI: Solving a Literary Mystery with Edgar Allan Poe at its Heart

Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Location:

Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (the J)
8900 Little River Turnpike
Fairfax, VA
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Contact: Sheila Budoff

Email: Sheila.Budoff@jccnv.org


Instructor: Stuart Endick, retired attorney and avid antiquarian book collector

Stuart Endick returns to ALI to discuss how the find of a rare 1851 book in a pile of discards led him to unravel a literary mystery (several actually) involving Edgar Allan Poe and his circle of friends and enemies. The book in question, The Memorial, was dedicated to the recently deceased poet Frances Osgood, who was romantically linked to Poe, and to his arch nemesis, the infamous Reverend Rufus Wilmot Griswold. Advertised to the public as the "gift book of the season," the volume was intended to raise funds for the building of a grand monument to Osgood in Boston's Mount Auburn Cemetery. All was not what it seemed, however. Research led to the discovery of Griswold's role in subverting the project, and a battle royale involving pioneer female journalist Fanny Fern and Osgood's husband over the monument. In the end, a day spent at Mount Auburn on a New England vacation provided the final answer to the questions posed by the book found in a pile of discards.

Fee: $18/ $12 J member
Code: #8128


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