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January 20th, 2011
Great Books Discussion Group to focus on Poe

011911poeEdgar Allan Poe’s influence can still be seen in contemporary literature and movies.

STAFF REPORT

The Great Books Discussion Group at the San Marcos Public Library, 625 East Hopkins Street, will discuss Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Black Cat” on Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. New members are welcome to join the group at any time.

Poe’s “The Black Cat” is a psychological thriller centered around a black cat and the the gradual deterioration of a man. The story touches on the themes of alcohol and madness.

Poe (1809-1849) is a famous American writer often noted for his tales shaded with mystery and the macabre. He is credited with the invention of the detective story and he contributed to the burgeoning science fiction genre, as well. His work has been enormously influential in both literature and cinema.

His famous works include the poem “The Raven” and the short stories “The Pit and the Pendulum,”  “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Fall of the House of Usher.”  His stories have been made into dozens of movies.

For more information on the Great Books Discussion Group, call the library at (512) 393-8200.

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