Edgar Allan Poe, the widely celebrated author of the macabre and mysterious, who has been credited with inventing detective fiction, was considered by his mid-nineteenth century contemporaries to be little more than a second rate hack and a drunken embarrassment to his family.
Appropriate to the Halloween season, "The Poe Shadow," a fictionalized account of his mysterious last days has been selected by the Lake Placid Institute Book Club for discussion at the Oct. 28 meeting to be held 7 p.m. at the Lake Placid Public Library on Main Street.
"The Poe Shadow," written by Matthew Pearl, author of the "Dante Club," was published in 2007. It follows the investigations of Baltimore lawyer Quentin Clark who looks to Poe's literary works to solve the case of the writer's death.
The LPI Book Club meets at the library on the last Monday evening of each month except in December and during the summer.