This will be a celebration of Edgar Allan Poe unlike any you might have experienced, in a place unlike any you might have seen. The night is built around a private viewing of a remarkable first-edition print of Edgar Allan Poe's Tales, a volume that will be sold in Sotheby’s upcoming online auction of rare manuscripts.
The evening will begin with a tasting of Poe’s favorite liquor, absinthe, inside a landmarked apartment on the 40th floor of the Woolworth Building, one of the most stunning skyscrapers ever built. F.W. Woolworth himself kept his private office on this floor, because he thought it had the best view in Manhattan. The team from Absinthe NYC will discuss history of the mysterious green drink. We will also be serving a selection of craft brews provided by RavenBeer, a Poe-inspired brewery located in Poe’s hometown of Baltimore, Maryland.
Following the tasting, guests will seated for dramatic readings of Poe's tales, performed by members of Radiotheatre NYC. The evening will also feature classic gothic burlesque performances, Victorian chamber music, and a few twists fit for a Poe detective story. There will be complimentary beverages served throughout the evening.
- Guests are highly encouraged to dress for the occasion; Victorian Gothic or black tie is preferred.
- Light snacks will be provided.
This event is produced in partnership with Sotheby's Fine Books & Manuscripts Department. To view their current catalog of items up for auction, including items described above, head to the Sotheby's online auction, open until June 28th, 2018.
Poe, Absinthe, and the Gothic Burlesque is one of four special evenings in the Woolworth Building created by Sotheby’s and Atlas Obscura. Learn more about the other events here:
All Events In This Series
- June 21, The Secrets of Historic Handwriting, with Sotheby's
- June 22, Bruce Springsteen and “Born to Run,” with Sotheby's
- June 23, Poe, Absinthe, and Gothic Mystery, with Sotheby's
- June 24, The Cartographer's View, with Sotheby's
About The Woolworth Building
Built in 1913 and celebrated as the tallest building in the world at the time of completion in 1913, The Woolworth Building majestically rises 792 feet above City Hall Park at the gateway to Tribeca. Woolworth spared no expense on the construction, evidenced from the detailed exteriors and interiors of the graceful tower. The top 30 floors of the 58-story building, including the penthouse, are being restored as apartments.
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