Lecture, Partner Event     Series: History Pub

The “Mysterious” Death of Edgar Allan Poe

Free and open to the public

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
7PM – 8:30PM

  • Free
  • Family-friendly
  • Researchers
  • Teachers

McMenamins Old St. Francis School
700 N.W. Bond Street
Bend, Oregon 97703
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Event Type: Lecture, Partner EventAudience(s): Family-friendly, Researchers, TeachersLocation: Bend

In the autumn of 1849 Edgar Allan Poe, America's most celebrated poet, critic, and literary innovator boarded the train from Richmond, Virginia to New York City. Poe never reached his destination. One week later, he was found, drunk, delirious, and obviously dying, in the city of Baltimore. In the days leading up to his death in a Baltimore hospital on October 7th, 1849, Poe never once regained his senses nor was he able to reveal anything as to how he had come to be in the state he was in.

Even before that last nail was in Poe's coffin prior to his hasty burial in a Baltimore cemetery, speculation had already begun as to what had killed the author of The Raven and the inventor of the detective story. Those speculations have continued for more than a century and a half and, unlike Poe's own tales, a brilliant resolution to the mystery has not been forthcoming.

Join Alastair Morley Jaques, who has played America's dark master of the macabre and original literary bad boy on the stage for more than a decade, for a presentation of the documented historical facts about Poe's final hours and a discussion of some of the leading theories that have been put forth by Poe scholars regarding the life, the legacy, and lugubrious last days of Edgar Allan Poe.

Ability Accommodation Information

This event provides the following accommodations:

  • Handicap Accessible

About the Speaker

Actor, antiquarian, and storyteller Alastair Morley Jaques studied Theatre Arts and American Literature at the Evergreen State College and the University of Oregon. He has appeared in a professional capacity on stages all along the West Coast in Shakespearean and contemporary roles, as well as lending his talents to numerous commercial voice overs on radio and television. A born and bred Oregonian, he is perhaps best known to Bend audiences for his wildly successful one person show An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe. An avid reader and collector of stories and artifacts pertaining to the strange, eldritch, and arcane, he lives in Portland, Oregon, and spends much of his time in a bell tower overlooking a crypt and a columbarium.

For more information, please visit: https://alastairjaques.com/

Alastair Morley Jaques

About History Pub

These monthly, free events are open to everyone interested in Oregon and Pacific Northwest history. Co-sponsored by McMenamins History, Deschutes Historical Museum, and The Oregon Encyclopedia, we bring you experts, scholars, first-person experiencers and historians who expound on topics from Lewis and Clark to shipwrecks, hop growing to women pioneers and far, far beyond. It's like being back in the classroom - except this time you get to settle into comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.

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