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March 03 2013

When most people think Edgar Allan Poe they think drinking, depression and ravens. There is, however, a lot more to this guy.
Another Look at Poe
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Nevermore by Gustave Doré, illustration to the 1884 edition of Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven.
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February 28 2013

January 29, 1845: Edgar Allan Poe’s ”The Raven” is published.

Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous poem was published toward the end of his life - he died in 1849 of mysterious causes after suffering for years in poverty and alcoholism, particularly after the death of his wife, Virginia. As Poe was writing “The Raven”, Virginia was dying of tuberculosis, which lent a personal touch to the poem’s subject matter (and also to that of some of Poe’s other poems). The titular raven, Poe wrote, was a symbol of “Mournful and Never-ending Remembrance”. The poem itself is full of allusions, from the “bust of Pallas” to “Night’s Plutonian shore” to Seraphim and the balm of Gilead.

“The Raven” was first published in the Evening Mirror, and then in February of 1845 in The American Review under the name “Quarles”. It was an immediate hit among both critics and casual readers, although one notable non-fan of the poem was Ralph Waldo Emerson, an important figure in the Transcendentalist movement of American literature - a movement Poe deeply disliked. Of “The Raven”, Emerson commented ”I see nothing in it”. The poem also turned Poe into a well-known and well-respected author, but unfortunately, he remained destitute for the rest of his life; of this sad set of circumstances he wrote (in a letter to Frederick W. Thomas) in May of 1845:

I have made no money. I am as poor now as ever I was in my life – except in hope, which is by no means bankable.

Illustrations by Gustave Doré.

Time is a good place to travel
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February 13 2013

February 04 2013

Gottfried Helnwein, Edgar Allen Poe meint es nicht so (1993)
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January 13 2013

Last words of Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849).
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December 10 2012

Illustration by Edmund Dulac for E. A. Poe’s “The Raven”
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November 05 2012

The Purloined Letter, Edgar Allan Poe.
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October 29 2012

The Purloined Letter, Edgar Allan Poe.
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October 28 2012

The Murders in the Rue Morgue, Edgar Allan Poe.
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October 24 2012

The Murders in the Rue Morgue, Edgar Allan Poe.
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October 22 2012

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#Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of laptop, desk and door;
Then, upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking
Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous page of yore —
What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous page of yore
Meant in showing “504.”
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The Murders in the Rue Morgue, Edgar Allan Poe.
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October 20 2012

The Pit and the Pendulum, Edgar Allan Poe.
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October 12 2012

Eleonora, Edgar Allan Poe.
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September 17 2012

The Murders in the Rue Morgue, Edgar Allan Poe
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September 09 2012

Edgar Allan Poe by Red Nose Studio
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September 07 2012

Naked is the Best Disguise, Samuel Rosenberg

#(i) is just the best.
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