Annual Edgar Allan Poe Commemorative Lecture (2014)


Since 1923, the Poe Society has sponsored an annual commemorative lecture on the life and/or works of Edgar Allan Poe, presented by a noted Poe scholar. This lecture is always held on the first Sunday in October, more-or-less coinciding with the anniversary of Poe’s death. Prior to this event, it is traditional for members of the Poe Society to gather at Poe’s grave, placing flowers on the monument in a brief and informal ceremony to honor Poe’s memory.

These Poe Society events are free and open to the public.

Sunday, October 5, 2014:

1:15 p.m. - Tribute to Poe at the Poet’s Grave

Location: Westminster Burying Ground, at the corner of Fayette and Greene Streets
(This is a very brief and informal ceremony. Anyone wishing to bring flowers to be placed on Poe’s grave is welcome to do so.)


2:00 p.m. - 92nd Commemorative Edgar Allan Poe Lecture

Location: The E. A. Poe Room of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral, second floor

Welcome, and Introduction of the Speaker and Respondents

Address: “Poor Edgar’s Almanac: E. A. Poe’s Money Woes” by John Gruesser (Kean University, Union NJ).

Abstract of the lecture: “Poor Edgar’s Almanac: E. A. Poe’s Money Woes”

Widely recognized as American geniuses, Ben Franklin and Edgar Allan Poe share Boston as a birthplace and enjoy great prominence in contemporary popular culture; yet their theories about art, the trajectories of their lives, and their attitudes toward money and the means of acquiring it contrast markedly. Unfavorable literary, national, and personal economies doomed Edgar Allan Poe to a life of grinding poverty and financial insolvency. One hundred and sixty-five years after his death, however, Poe’s commitment to an art that primarily delights, rather than one that chiefly instructs, has paid off in unprecedented literary fame.

Response/Discussion and Questions from the audience.


3:00 p.m. - Reception

Location: The E. A. Poe Room of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral, second floor. Punch and cookies will be available. This reception is co-sponsored by the Division of English and Communications Design of the University of Baltimore.



The Pratt Library requires the following disclaimer for events held in its facilities: “Use of library meeting space does not constitute endorsement of this organization, this program or its content by the Enoch Pratt Free Library.”




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