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Poe and Boston
Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston Annual Lecture, Boston Public Library (2013)
  • Philip Edward Phillips, Middle Tennessee State University
Abstract

This lecture addresses stubborn misunderstandings concerning Poe's complex relationship with Boston, most notably his appearance for a reading at the Boston Lyceum in 1845, which brought to the surface some of Poe's most conflicting, and deeply personal, feelings about the city of his birth. Rather than confirming Poe's animosity towards the city, its authors, and its institutions, Poe's Boston Lyceum appearance revealed the author's desire to return to, not to reject, Boston, and to reclaim his birthright that had its origins on the Boston stage with his grandmother and his parents. What Poe most desired on that occasion was to be accepted and lauded—as his mother, Eliza Poe, had been—in the city of his birth by an audience of Bostonians.

Keywords
  • Edgar Allan Poe,
  • Eliza Poe,
  • Boston Lyceum,
  • Boston
Disciplines
Publication Date
January 19, 2013
Citation Information
Philip Edward Phillips. "Poe and Boston" Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston Annual Lecture, Boston Public Library (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/philip_phillips/41/