Other Poe-Related Organizations & Links


Poe-Related Organizations:

Poe Studies Association (PSA)

The PSA is an academic association of individuals interested in current scholarly studies on Poe. It sponsors Poe-related sessions at the annual conferences of the Modern Language Association (MLA) and the American Literature Association (AMLA). It also publishes The Edgar Allan Poe Review, with Spring and Fall issues. (It formerly published a newsletter twice a year.) Annual membership dues, and contact information, are noted on their website:

Web Site: http://www2.lv.psu.edu/PSA/


Poe National Historic Site (Philadelphia)

This is the house Poe lived in from fall of 1842 (or June of 1843) to April of 1844. Administered through:

Independence National Historic Park
313 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

For tour information, call (215) 597-8780

Web Site: http://www.nps.gov/edal/


Poe Foundation (Richmond Poe Museum)

This organization maintains a museum dedicated to Poe, with many interesting artifacts. The Poe Foundation
1914-16 East Main Street
Richmond, VA 23223

For tour information, call (804) 648-5523 or 1-888-21E-APOE

Web Site: http://www.poemuseum.org/


Poe Cottage in New York (Fordham/Bronx)

Poe lived in this house during the last years of his life. His beloved wife, Virginia, died here in 1847. The Poe cottage is in Poe Park; Grand Concourse and East Kingbridge Road; Bronx, New York.

The Poe Cottage is maintained by:

    The Bronx County Historical Society
    3266 Bainbridge Avenue
    Bronx, New York 10467

For tour information, call (212) 881-8900

Web Site: http://www.bronxhistoricalsociety.org/poecottage.html


The Raven Society of the University of Virginia

As a student honor society, the Raven Society does not accept members from the general population. They do, however, sponsor a number of public events in the Charlottesville, Virginia area and they help to maintain the room in which Poe stayed while he was the University of Virginia.

The Raven Society
P.O. Box 400314
Charlottesville, VA 22904

Web Site: http://aig.alumni.virginia.edu/raven/  


Other Poe-Related Links:


MPT: Knowing Poe (Thinkport)

An extremely attractive multi-media presentation on Poe's life and works. It earned a Webby Award in 2005. (Requires Flash and Real Audio.)

Web Site: http://knowingpoe.thinkport.org


Baudelaire’s Poe: Selections from the W.T. Bandy Collection

An online exhibition that featuring digital images of rare books and materials from the W. T. Bandy collection at the Jean and Alexander Heard Library at Vanderbilt University. Curated by Philip Edward Phillips with Emily H. James and Erica I. Rodgers, the exhibition chronicles the lives and selected works of Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) and Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), and it highlights the pervasive influence of Baudelaire’s French translations of Poe’s works in France, Europe, and the rest of the world.

Web Site: http://exhibits.library.vanderbilt.edu/BaudelairePoe/index.php


Online Exhibit of Poe Collection at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, Maryland

The Poe Collection at the Central Library of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland contains a number of significant letters and other documents. These documents were chiefly donated by the Poe family, descendants of Poe's cousin, Neilson Poe (and include a number of items that had been kept by Poe’s mother-in-law, Maria Clemm). The single most important item is perhaps the letter in which Poe desperately proposes to Virginia. The Pratt Library also contains the original letters sent to Miss S. S. Rice in response to the Poe Memorial Grave dedciated in 1875.

Web Site: http://epfl.mdch.org/cdm4/browse.php?CISOROOT=/poe

The lock of Poe’s hair, and the toy wine goblet and perfume bottle of Virginia Poe, are the property of the Poe Society of Baltimore, placed on deposit at the Pratt Library. (Another item belonging to the Poe Society, but not included in the online material, is a copy of The Gift, containing “William Wilson,” and inscribed by Poe to his cousin Elizabeth.)


Extensive Online Exhibit of Poe Collection at HRCL, University of Texas at Austin

The Harry Ransom Center of the University of Tezas at Austin holds what is probably the single largest and most significant archive of Poe material in the world. Among many highlights are Poe’s desk from the Southern Literary Messenger, the finest surviving example of Tamerlane and Other Poems (1827), the original manuscrip for “The Domain of Arnheim,” Poe’s own copy of The Raven and Other Poems and Tales (1845) with numerouus handwritten corrections, and dozens of original letters by Poe.

Web Site: http://research.hrc.utexas.edu/poedc/

A portrait of Poe noted as “attributed to Rembrandt Peale” is probably not authentic. This portrait, along with quite a few others, sometimes attributed to Peale or to Thomas Sully, may be by Ferdinand Danton, who was active in the 1930s and died about 1939. The Delaware Museum of Art apparently has a file on him, and several examples of his handiwork. He may also have created a fake portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart, a portrait which looks a good deal like the one of Poe.


Online Exhibit of Poe Memorabilia: Susan Jaffe Tane Collection

Cornell University is hosting an online exhibit of an amazing collection of Poe books and manuscripts. It includes first printings of all of the books printed during Poe’s lifetime, with one of only 12 known copies of the 1827 Tamerlane, along with a number of letters and manuscripts of such literary works as “Epimanies,” “Spirits of the Dead,” “To Zante” and several fragments. A printed catalog is also available from Cornell.

Web Site: http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/poe/

Reservations should be noted about two items in the exhibit:
1) A silhouette of Poe, with the initials “EAP.” This item has been questioned by Michael Deas, the recognized authority on Poe iconography.
2) A charchoal portrait supposedly of Poe and Mrs. Allan. The woman in the portrait bears no resemblance to Frances Allan, and the boy is too young to allow for the possibility of the woman being the second Mrs. Allan. More troubling, the clothing suggests a date closer to 1880 than 1820. Charcoal portraits gained great popularity in the latter half of the 19th century.


An Index of Poe-related Sites

Heyward Ehrlich’s “A Poe Webliography: Edgar Allan Poe on the Internet” provides an extremely useful, categorized index of sites with a variety of information about Poe and his writings. Having orignally been created in 1999, the index is understandably somewhat out of date, and now serves primarily as a historical record of sites that have come and gone over the years.

Web Site: http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~ehrlich/poesites.html


Poe Studies: Dark Romanticism

Poe Studies: Dark Romanticism is a long-established and well-respected academic journal, with one or two numbers published more or less annually since 1968. Many articles have been contriubted by leading Poe scholars.

Web Site: http://libarts.wsu.edu/english/Journals/PoeStudies


The Poe Decoder

A Web page that serves as a list of links to some of the more useful Poe sites, maintained by Christoffer Nilson (“Qrisse’s Poe Pages”), Martha Womack (“Precisely Poe”), and their compatriots.

Web Site: http://www.poedecoder.com/


The Eureka Project

A web site that specializes in interpretations and analyses of Poe’s most perplexing work, and the one that he considered his most significant achievement: Eureka: A Prose Poem (1848).

Web Site: http:://www.poe-eureka.com/


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