Old Capitol Museum launching new exhibit “Poe: A Wilderness of Mirrors”

The University of Iowa’s Old Capitol Museum is hosting a series of events paying homage to classic author Edgar Allan Poe.  Known as the master of the macabre, Poe revolutionized the genres of horror, mystery, and science fiction in stories such as “The Pit and the Pendulum” and “The Tell-Tale Heart”. He was also America’s first great literary critic and a talented author whose canon ranged from poetry to books of scientific theory. Poe’s works often provide a chilling reflection of American society and the inner workings of the human psyche. Explore his troubled life, his mysterious death, and his lasting legacy in Poe: A Wilderness of Mirrors, on display February 13 – May 25, 2014.

Programs in conjunction with this exhibit include:

  • Film screening of The Masque of the Red Death at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, in the Senate Chamber.
  • Storyteller Darrin Crow will perform “Morbid Curiosities: An evening with Edgar Allan Poe” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12. A reception will follow.
  • Students from the English class of Christine Norquest will present a special reading of selected works of Poe at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9.
  • The museum will screen the 1961 classic film The Pit and the Pendulum at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23.

For more information on Poe: A Wilderness of Mirrors and related programming, contact the Old Capitol Museum at 319-335-0546 or email old-capitol-museum@uiowa.edu.


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