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Join the Reading Club for EDGAR ALLAN POE

Please join us for our meeting on Thursday, Dec. 10th, at 6 pm s.t.
Wann 10.12.2020
von 18:00 bis 20:00
Wo Cisco Webex
Termin übernehmen vCal

The Reading Club will meet again on Thursday, December 10th from 6 to 8 pm (s.t.) to discuss a selection of Edgar Allan Poe short stories: The Imp of the Perverse, The Black Cat, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, and The Cask of Amontillado.

The days are getting shorter; the nights are growing longer. We seek refuge at home while a dreadful plague haunts the streets. Is there anything better than covering yourself in a blanket, having a warm cup of coffee, and reading the cerebral and chilling stories of Edgar Allan Poe? I don't think so. We could have opted to read The Masque of the Red Death, of course, but I think that our lives deserve a brief reprieve from our terrible reality. The texts above will give us different perspectives and insights into the topic of murder. Poe is often said to have invented the detective story with the Murders in the Rue Morgue, but his stories also explore the goings-on behind a murderer's psyche. How does a killer think? What kind of demon (or imp) haunts him? How do we catch him? And most importantly, what is he hiding behind the hastily erected wall in the basement and underneath those floorboards? Let's discuss!


One should be able to find the stories on the Internet, but if you wish to join us and contact me via e-mail, I can provide you with the texts.


Our good old-fashioned Reading Club provides a setting in which the classics are discussed in an informal way. This was inspired by three observations: one, there are way too many canonical literary works that we haven’t read – but probably should; two, it might be more fun to engage with these texts when we actually get the chance to discuss our reading experience afterwards; three, despite our passion for visual media, it is sometimes nice to return to the written word.

Even if you are not part of the English Department, please feel free to drop by and have a little chat.


Here is the link to our Webex room:


And here is the password:



In case you don't have prior experience with Webex, all you need to do is click on the link, enter your name (e-mail is optional), and you should be in! Remember to check your microphone and webcam settings to see if things work. If all else fails, try exiting and clicking on the link again, or contact me at:


We’re looking forward to seeing you and until then, have fun reading!

Kai-Uwe Schmehl