The UMD Libraries take Halloween very seriously. So much so that we have decided to fill the week leading up to Halloween (10/31) with events and activities related to all that is spooky = HALLOWEEK! See this facebook page for more details on Halloweek.
The finale of Halloweek will be a Halloween Party at Hornbake Library North, where the Prange Collection is located. The UMD campus community is invited to enjoy food and candy, to take pictures in costumes at a photo booth, and to listen to a live reading of The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe (the UMD Libraries have a prized first edition of The Raven and Other Poems published by Wiley and Putnam in 1845).
As part of the celebration, there are two display cases in the Maryland Room (the Special Collections reading room in Hornbake Library North) featuring spooky materials from Special Collections and University Archives. One display case is dedicated to Edgar Allan Poe. Last year, the Prange Collection created a blog post about Hirai Tarō (平井 太郎, 1894 – 1965), better known by his pen name, Edogawa Ranpo (江戸川乱歩, a rendering of Edgar Allan Poe). Four of Edogawa Ranpo’s books are currently on display in the Edgar Allan Poe case.
The Prange Collection has over 60 books and more than 200 magazine articles written or edited by Edogawa Ranpo. Some of them have been digitized and are available in the Prange Digital Children’s Book Collection. Examples are: