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by Edgar Allan Poe
“There entered three men, who introduced themselves, with perfect suavity, as officers of the police.I smiled, —for what had I to fear? I bade the gentlemen welcome.
Meantime the hellish tattoo of the heart increased.”
Hannibal + Poe meme? YES, THANK YOU.
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.
Happy birthday, Edgar Allan Poe.
8 authentic portraits of Edgar Allan Poe done, during his lifetime.
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macabrenoir and the mixed media art piece done for The Grand Midway’s Poe room. The Grand Midway is a historic and notoriously haunted hotel built in the early 1800s, that is currently the private residence of several artists and creative folks of all kinds and owned by a dear friend and gentleman, Blair Murphy. I was honored to do this piece for this fantastic room that now houses one of the oldest, most pristine, and extensive first edition Poe collections.
Light painting photo done by a hotel inhabitant who, respectively, wishes to remain anonymous.
Considering I am usually against any sort of parody or mash-up involving Winnie the Pooh (yes, I’m irrational about it), this should not have made me laugh as much as it did.
Oh, isn’t this pretty. I don’t need another Poe collection, but it’s a beautiful book.
A beautiful Edgar Allan Poe leather bound book that found its way into our store this weekend! On sale on our ebay store