Posts Tagged: edgar allan poe

Only Poem Anybody Knows First Published On This Day In 1845

The year 1845 was a time of unimaginable deprivations: No smart phones, no Twitter, no Words With Friends, plus there was a lot of cholera, and those Irish street gangs, and also slavery somewhere. The Gowanus Canal was not just a repulsive sewage channel and heartbreaking symbol of environmental devastation, but a primary means of public transport through Brooklyn—construction on the great bridge to Manhattan wouldn't be begin for another quarter century. And on this day in 1845, it was probably also very cold.

For a mostly unknown writer and poet from Baltimore, January 29 was one of his last good days. The New York Evening Mirror published his [...]


Is Creepy Poe Toasting Guy Dead?

"I think we can safely say it's not car trouble, and he's not sick. This doesn't look good." —Jeff Jerome, curator of the Poe House and Museum, discusses the absence of the mysterious stranger who for nearly 60 years would leave three roses and a half-empty bottle of cognac at Edgar Allan Poe's grave on the anniversary of his birth. The "Poe Toaster" has missed the occasion for two years in a row now, leading to speculation that… well, pretty much every news story you read about this is going to contain the word "nevermore."