More than 150 years after his death, Edgar Allan Poe’s stories and poems continue to captivate readers around the globe.
In fact, some of his macabre plotlines and bone-chilling twists and turns were written write here in Philadelphia.
For about a year, Poe (1809-1849) lived in a red brick home on 7th Street and Spring Garden in Philly with his wife, Virginia. During that time, he penned The Black Cat, which describes a basement eerily similar to the one beneath the Northern Liberties house, now a National Historic Site.
In honor of the author’s 207th birthday, which falls on January 19, the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site will host a free lecture inspired by Poe’s The Murders in the Rue Morgue.
This famous piece centers around an unusual culprit: an orangutan. “Tracking Poe’s Organgutan in 19th-Century Paris” will delve into this work, exploring the author’s inspiration, influences and cultural significance.
And don’t worry – in case of snow, inclement weather or some other chilling twist, the lecture will be rescheduled for Saturday, January 30.