Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Great Poe Debate, Tonight in Philadelphia

Three cities who claim the writer Edgar Allan Poe will debate tonight at the Free Library in Philadelphia, writes the Philadelphia Inquirer. After more than two years of sniping, Poe experts from Boston (the city of his birth 200 years ago next Monday), Baltimore (the city of his death), and Philadelphia (the city where, writer and Poe enthusiast Edward Pettitt says Poe "invented the mystery/detective story") will face off. Three other Poe scholars, one from each city, will moderate the debate.

We'll be looking forward to the post-debate analysis and report back here!

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