Edgar Allen Poe's life and works examined
Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Old Capitol Museum, in conjunction with the University of Iowa Special Collections and University Archives, will host a spring exhibit, "Poe: A Wilderness of Mirrors," opening Thursday, Feb. 13.

A drawing of Edgar Allen Poe with two mirrors images of the author

Known as the master of the macabre, Edgar Allan 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. Featuring first and early editions of Poe’s work, "A Wilderness of Mirrors" will explore the author’s troubled life, mysterious death, and lasting legacy.

Old Capitol Museum will also feature a variety of Poe-themed programming throughout the semester, including:

  • A screening of the 1964 classic film The Masque of the Red Death at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26.
  • "Morbid Curiosities: An Evening with Poe,"featuring storyteller Darrin Crow, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12.
  • Selected readings of Poe’s works by the English class of Christine Norquest at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9.
  • A screening of the 1961 classic film The Pit and the Pendulum at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23.

For more information on the UI Pentacrest Museums and Old Capitol Museum, visit the Old Capitol Museum website or call 319-335-0548.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in these programs, contact Old Capitol Museum in advance at 319-335-2010.