When he was found wandering the streets of Baltimore in a state of delirium 162 years ago today, it was the beginning of the end for Poe. He died in hospital four days later. Uncanny, then, that we concluded the Poe portion of lecture today. A partially mystical coincidence, perhaps, meaningful if only because it concurs with, or reveals, a pattern of events amid the heterogeneity that makes up life, which Poe would have liked.
The painting above is by an artist named E. McKnight Kauffer (1890-1954). More work of and inspired by Poe, by Kauffer, here: http://50watts.com/#1614949/E-McKnight-Kauffer-s-Poe-illustrations
Other Poe-inspired illustrations, by Harry Clarke (1889-1931), and in particular a striking illustration of the murder scene from “Murders in the Rue Morgue” about halfway down, here: http://50watts.com/#1125163/Harry-Clarke-Illustrations-for-E-A-Poe
More Poe illustrations by Clarke: http://50watts.com/#1127060/Harry-Clarke-Poe-decorations; and some in colour: http://50watts.com/#1127108/Harry-Clarke-Poe-in-color.
Next, we read Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “My Kinsman, Major Molineux,” “Young Goodman Brown,” and “The May-Pole of Merry Mount.”
For fans of AMC’s Mad Men, here’s a scene from the show featuring the tradition of the May-Pole, in all its WASP-y glory, as well as Don Draper getting all nostalgic and stare-y, as usual. We, of course, confront the tradition of the May-Pole in Hawthorne’s “The May-Pole if Merry Mount.”