Paul Lewis, Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston Chair and Boston College professor in the English Department, will host two Poe walking tours in October. The tours are offered in conjunction with the Foundation, a group interested in “promoting interest in Poe’s controversial role in the literary heritage of Boston.”
Lewis’s tours will be offered on Sunday, October 9, and Saturday, October 29, at 1:00pm. The tours consist of a 90-minute walk through historically significant sites in Poe’s life and in Boston’s literary scene, including “the Poe birthplace, Edgar Allan Poe Square, the grave of Charles Sprague (called the baker-poet of Boston), the Frog Pond on Boston Common, the Nathan Appleton mansion, the Boston Athenaeum, and the King’s Chapel Burying Ground” (The BC Chronicle).
The tours follow an exhibition at the Boston Public Library – “The Raven in the Frog Pond: Edgar Allan Poe and the City of Boston.” The exhibition focused on Poe’s dual birth in Boston—both as a child and as a writer, and commemorated Poe’s complex relationship with Boston and its literary figures.
Lewis acted as curator to the exhibition, and in the same vein, his tour focuses on the relationship between Poe and Boston. “According to Lewis, ‘the 90-minute tour explores Poe’s ties to the city, from his birth here in 1809 to his return as a young man in 1827 and his controversial appearance before the Boston Lyceum in 1845’” (The BC Chronicle).
The price of admission is $10, and all proceeds go the Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston to fund the group’s project to bring public art to Poe Square.
Read more from Rosanne Pellegrini’s Boston College Chronicle article, “BC Professor Launches Poe Walking Tour,” Sept. 8, 2011.
Image courtesy of The Boston College Chronicle.