A Fable for Critics
One of the funniest poems to date,
James Russell Lowell in 1848
published this great poetical satire,
earning him both acclaim and some ire.
In this series of jokes from his smart pen,
Lowell made his aim like a skilled marksman,
targeting Cooper, Fuller, Edgar Poe,
Ralph Waldo Emerson and Longfellow.
Poking fun at these writers with great wits,
this reading features some favorite tidbits.
165 years since published,
we think you will laugh before it’s finished.
Local literary historian Rob Velella invites you to join him at six,
the 22nd of August (some jokes are so bad they might cause disgust).
The Hooper-Lee-Nichols House
159 Brattle Street
$5 per person
Rob Velella is an independent literary historian and playwright specializing in American literature of the 19th century. As a scholar, Velella has published articles and presented academic papers on figures as varied as Margaret Fuller, Rufus Griswold, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Walt Whitman. He has taken his research outside of academia by lecturing at various historical sites, libraries, and colleges from Pennsylvania to Maine. In addition to Poe, he has dramatically brought to life several other literary figures, including the young Henry Wadsworth, and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Velella also maintains the American Literary Blog (http://www.americanliteraryblog.blogspot.com/), an "almost-daily celebration of important (and not-so-important) dates in 19th-century American literary history."