Buried Alive: The Poetry, Prose, and Essays of Edgar Allan Poe


A master of the ‘horror’ genre, Edgar Allan Poe is America’s own contributor to this fabled, 19th century mode of storytelling. As varied and brilliant as his literary output, were his eccentric personality and mysterious death, further contributing to the lore surrounding his writings.

Edgar Allan Poe is best known for his grotesque characters and macabre plot-twists, though would seem capable of offering readers only a very specific form of literary experience—dark, brooding, atmospheric. What is striking about Poe’s work when taken as a whole, is found in its variety. Poe was a writer of short stories, a poet, novelist, essayist, and editor. He wrote across a range of genres, including detective fiction, political allegory, romance, science fiction, and horror. In his spare time, he staged elaborate newspaper hoaxes. This course is an experience in appreciating Poe’s eclectic literary output by reading his best known works.

Instructor: Morgan Day Frank

Five Wednesdays
April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1
5-7PM, Allbritton 103
Morgan Day Frank
MORGAN DAY FRANK is a visiting assistant professor at Wesleyan. His work considers the often hostile relationship between American literature and the institutions that administer it. He is currently working on a book titled Schools of Fiction, which argues that American literature enabled the expansion and consolidation of the educational system from the nineteenth century to the twentieth. His articles have appeared or are forthcoming in academic journals such as NOVEL and MLQ, and in the literary magazine n+1.