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Quoth the Raven: Edgar Allan Poe and Derivative Works

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James Madison Building - Montpellier Room, 6th Floor

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The work of Edgar Allan Poe has inspired many thousands of works based on his original stories and poems. For example, Poe’s poem “The Raven” likely has been used more than any other of his works, as part of television shows, movies, songs, plays, and countless dramatic readings. And it’s the only literary work that has a NFL team named after it. More than 300 comic books adaptations of Poe’s work exist, plus many comics use Poe as a character or as inspiration for a character. Just about every style of music has a song inspired by or at least mentioning a Poe work. And films as far back as 1909 tell Poe’s stories. Moreover, Poe was a strong advocate for copyright protections, especially in the international arena, as many of his creative works were reprinted cheaply in England without his permission and without any remuneration for Poe.

During this Copyright Matters Event, we will discuss Poe’s advocacy for copyright law, the breadth of his impact, and the many derivative works it has inspired. After a brief introduction and recitation of The Raven, speakers (see below) will talk about Poe, his life, his works, and the many creative works spawned by his creations.

  • Christopher Semtner, curator of the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, VA. Semtner is an author and editor of several books on art, history, and literature, including The Poe Shrine: Building the World’s Finest Edgar Allan Poe Collection. He has contributed articles to Biography.com, Resources for American Studies, Crime Writer’s Chronicle, and the Edgar Allan Poe Review. Semtner has collaborated on Poe-themed performances with groups including the Latin Ballet of Virginia, the Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery, and Engaging History Productions. Semtner has appeared on BBC4, PBS, Travel Channel, Military History, NPR, CNN, and other networks. He regularly speaks about a variety of unusual, obscure, and macabre subjects to groups of all ages around the country and as far away as Japan. An internationally exhibited artist, he has seen his paintings entered numerous public collections including the Virginia Historical Society and the University of Maryland.

  • Enrica Jang, executive director of The Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum in Baltimore, MD. Jang is also a writer of both fiction and nonfiction, as well as a comics and screenplays. Her most recent projects include AZTECA, Angel With a Bullet, The House of Montresor, The Star Thief, Guinevere and The 99. She is editor of the annual Red Stylo Presents series of anthologies. Jang’s screenplay “The Freshmen” was made into a short film, Frienemies, winner of a CINE Golden Eagle in 2011.
  • Thad Ciechanowski, owner of Dijit Media, is a filmmaker, director, and editor. He has directed and edited short, educational films based on Edgar Allan Poe's works, including The Raven and The Cask of Amontillado. Ciechanowski is winner of a 2013 and a 2015 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award and was nominated for a 2015 Emmy nomination for his film adaptations of Poe's works.
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