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BEHIND-THE-SCENES: Edgar Allan Poe

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Reference & Special Collections Librarian Stephanie Ovoian explores Edgar Allan Poe's visit to the Athenæum.

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This program is reserved for members of the Athenæum.

In 1848, famed American writer and master of the macabre Edgar Allan Poe spent time at the Providence Athenæum. Why did he come to Providence, and what did he do during his visits to the library? Join Reference & Special Collections Librarian Stephanie Ovoian for the answers to these questions, along with some other surprising insights and a peek at some Poe-related items from the library’s Special Collections!


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The Providence Athenaeum enriches the mind, inspires the spirit, and elevates public discourse.

As an independent, member-supported library and cultural center located on Providence’s historic Benefit Street, the library has welcomed illustrious writers, spirited thinkers, and intellectual community members through its doors over its nearly 200 years of existence to engage in reading, conversation, and debate.

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