Reading Group: Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Detection

Date / Time

  • July 8, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • July 15, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • July 22, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, United States



Poe was called the “father of the detective story” by none other than Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  Led by Edward G. Pettit, this Reading Group will explore Poe’s groundbreaking mystery detective tales featuring his mastermind sleuth (and Sherlock’s spiritual predecessor), C. Auguste Dupin. Meetings will take place at both the Rosenbach and the Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia; the group will also pay a visit to the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site in Philadelphia.

About the Instructor

Philadelphia writer, Philly Poe Guy, and all-around literary provocateur Edward G. Pettit is the Manager of Public Programs at the Rosenbach. He was a featured commentator in an episode of Philadelphia: The Great Experiment, which focused on life in the city in the 1840s. In 2012, he was the Charles Dickens Ambassador for the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Dickens Bicentenary celebrations and also wrote a Dickensian mystery play for the Ebenzer Maxwell Mansion, where he performed an annual Dickens reading.

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