English classes from Bassett High School, Magna Vista High School and Carlisle's Upper School tuned in to hear the tragic (and spooky) biography of Edgar Allan Poe from renowned professor and lecturer Dr. Elliot Engel on Oct. 29. Part of Piedmont Arts' educational outreach program, Dr. Engle's talk kicked off the study of poetry units centered around Poe's works.
Dr. Engel lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he has taught at the University of North Carolina, North Carolina State University and Duke University. He has written ten books published in England, Japan, Turkey and the United States. His mini-lecture series on Charles Dickens ran on PBS television stations around the country. His articles have appeared in numerous newspapers and national magazines including Newsweek. Dr. Engel has lectured throughout the United States and on all the continents, including Antarctica. In 2009, he was inducted into the Royal Society of Arts in England for his academic work and service in promoting Charles Dickens.