Poe Takes Boston! The Fifth International Edgar Allan Poe Conference
The Fifth International Edgar Allan Poe conference—now scheduled to take place live, April 7-10,2022, at Boston’s historic Omni Parker House—will complete Poe’s triumphant return to the cityof his birth. At the heart of Old Boston, the hotel stands within a block of the Boston Athenaeum,Tremont Temple, King’s Chapel, and Granary Burying Ground. Surviving eighteenth-century brickbuildings near the hotel include the Old State House (1713), Old Corner Bookstore (1718), OldSouth Meeting House (1729), Faneuil Hall (1742), and New State House (1798). A five-minutestroll from the hotel brings one to the sites of the Boston Massacre on State Street, the birthplacesof Ben Franklin on Milk Street and Ralph Waldo Emerson on Summer Street, and to the churcheswhere Phyllis Wheatley Peters worshipped and where Frederick Douglass, Charles Dickens,Harriet Beecher Stowe, Anthony Burns, and Henry David Thoreau spoke. Perhaps surprisingly,sites important to Poe’s connection to the city also abound in and around the Omni Parker House,including: 62 Charles Street South, where Poe was probably born; the Boston Public Library withits outstanding Poe collection; Federal Street where three generations of Arnolds and Poesperformed and where Poe delivered his (in)famous Lyceum Lecture; the Frog Pond on BostonCommon; the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, with its recently rediscovered image of Poe on abas-relief; Edgar Allan Poe Square where Stefanie Rocknak’s statue, Poe Returning to Boston, wasinstalled in 2014; and these important publication sites: State Street for Tamerlane and OtherPoems (1827); Washington Street for “The Tell-Tale Heart” (1843), and Tremont Street for “Hop-Frog,” “Eldorado,” and “A Dream within a Dream” (all in 1849). Wider afield are Castle Islandwhere Poe served briefly in the US army, the Longfellow House in Cambridge, and the literarytreasure troves in Concord, Salem, and Providence. The conference program committee welcomes submissions across the full range of Poe studies. Please send double-spaced, 250-word abstracts (for papers) or 1,000 word abstracts (for round-table discussions or panels) with the subject heading "Poe Takes Boston," to Philip Phillips at Philip.Phillips@mtsu.edu by June 15, 2021.