…it was a gay and magnificent revel.


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Federico Castillon
Masque of the Red Death, 1968
1975.39.08
But, in spite of these things, it was a gay and magnificent revel. The tastes of the duke were peculiar. He had a fine eye for colors and effects. He disregarded the decora of mere fashion. His plans were bold and fiery, and his conceptions glowed with barbaric luster. There are some who would have thought him mad. His followers felt that he was not. It was necessary to hear and see and touch him to be sure that he was not.

He had directed, in great part, the moveable embellishments of the seven chambers, upon occasion of this great fete; and it was his own guiding taste which had given character to the costumes of the masqueraders. Be sure they were grotesque. There were much glare and glitter and piquancy and phantasm — much of what has been since seen in “Hernani.” There were arabesque figures with unsuited limbs and appointments. There were delirious fancies such as the madman fashions.

Upcoming Big Read Events:

Today – Tree-Stump Tombstones

Vigo County Public Library, 12:10pm-12:50 p.m.
Professor Emerita Harriet McNeal will discuss a particular type of tombstone that looks like a tree and is found in cemeteries across the U.S.

March 26th – Poe Film Festival

Community Theater, 1431 S. 25, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Masque of the Red Death will be shown at 1:00 p.m. followed by a discussion of Poe’s work and films by Sharon Russell. Fall of the House of Usher will be shown at 3:00 p.m. Both films feature Vincent Price.

March 31st – The Ghosts of Edgar Allan Poe

Vigo County Public Library, 12:10 p.m.-12:50 p.m.
Marshall Public Library (IL), 6:30 p.m. (CST)
Spend a spine-tingling evening in the parlor of Edgar Allan Poe as played by Brian “Fox” Ellis.

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