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New Meetup: Edgar Allan Poe and the Publishing Industry @ Boston Public Library

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 11:31 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: Edgar Allan Poe and the Publishing Industry @ Boston Public Library

When: May 12,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: From the Ticknor Society's site:

Edgar Allan Poe and the Publishing Industry: a talk by Rob Velella
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 ? 6:00-7:30 PM
Boston Public Library, McKim Building, Orientation Rooom, 1st floor

"2009 marks the bicentennial of the birth of Poe, with events around the United States (and the world) honoring the man whose dark tales of horror continue to thrill his readers. Also credited as the inventor of the modern detective story, the progenitor of modern science fiction, and for his many 19th-century humor pieces, Poe was one of the most important literary critics of his day and an editor and magazine proprietor at a time when the publishing industry and technology were rapidly changing.

"Rob Velella, independent Poe scholar and author of the Edgar Allan Poe Calendar , will discuss Poe's knowledge of the publishing industry, his role in it, and how it changed around him - though, ultimately, he was never able to profit significantly from it".

... Rob Velella? ... where have I heard that name before? ;)

Where to meet:

T.J. Maher will be waiting at the Boylston Street entrance in the lobby. We can grab seats at 5:40 pm. T.J. Maher is 5 foot 7, with short brown hair, bright blue eyes, a red MEETUP sign attached to his black messenger bag, and a "Hello My Name is T.J." nametag.

About the Ticknor Society:

"The Ticknor Society is an organization of book collectors, booksellers, librarians, historians, archivists, conservators, printers, publishers, writers, and all lovers and readers of books. We are dedicated to the enjoyment, promotion, and support of books and book culture.

"The Society is named for George Ticknor [masked]) and his daughter, Anna Eliot Ticknor [masked]). George Ticknor was a prominent Boston collector, scholar, and library supporter. His great collection of Spanish literature is at the Boston Public Library. Anna Eliot Ticknor was an early member of the Massachusetts Library Commission (founded in 1890, the first state library commission in the United States) and an active promoter of literacy for all. Both father and daughter were instrumental in making books widely accessible in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts".

... According to Wikipedia, George's cousin was "William Davis Ticknor (August 6, 1810 ? April 10, 1864) an American publisher in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, and a founder of the publishing house Ticknor and Fields" (See Wikipedia's entry of Ticknor and Fields to see a picture of the Old Corner Bookstore across from the Border's Bookstore in Downtown Crossing). Over the years, this publishing company would become the Houghton Mifflin Company.

Ticknor and Fields had an impressive list of clients: "Horatio Alger, Lydia Maria Child, Charles Dickens, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, James Russell Lowell, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Alfred Tennyson, Henry David Thoreau, Mark Twain, and John Greenleaf Whittier. The Old Corner Bookstore had become the publishing house and meeting place for these authors. Many writers visited many times a week".

About George Ticknor:

"George Ticknor (August 1, 1791 ? January 26, 1871), was an American academician, specializing in the subject areas of languages and literature. He is known for his scholarly work on the history and criticism of Spanish literature".

About Rob Velalla:

We bumped into Rob when we invaded the Longfellow House last summer. Of course, when I heard he was thinking of doing lectures about Poe and Longfellow that fall, I had to make sure to put his talks on the calendar.

So far he has done for the Nerd Fun group:

* 9/27/2009: This is the Place: A Literary Walking Tour of Cambridge @ Longfellow House

* 10/09/2008: Poe - Longfellow Talk @ Longfellow National Historic Site in Cambridge

* 10/24/2008: Haunted Houses @ The Longfellow House

* 04/19/2009: Walking Tour, "Edgar Allen Poe and his Contemporaries" @ Mt. Auburn Cemetery

Rob also created an interesting "Edgar Allen Poe" desk calendar which is being sold at the Longfellow House and online. Rob branches out on the daily topic listed on his calendar on his blog at .

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