Celebrate Edgar Allan Poe’s 207th Birthday At His Former Home This Saturday

The 207th anniversary of the American author's bithday is January 19—celebrate the legend with a special lecture inspired by Poe.

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.

Edgar Allan Poe’s 207th Birthday Lecture

When:Saturday, January 23, 2 p.m.
Where:Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, 532 N. 7th Street
Cost:Free

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