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Edgar Allan Poe: Terror of the Soul

A marvelous, small exhibition of Poe’s manuscripts and first editions at the Morgan Library, very much recommended to anyone who has been a fan of his poems and tales, and judging by the large crowd on hand the day I was there, the popularity of his writing has not waned in the hundred and eighty years since his first story was published in a Baltimore newspaper. As William Carlos Williams said of him, “Poe gives the sense for the first time in America, that literature is serious, not a matter of courtesy but of truth.” With that in mind, my favorite item in the exhibition is the page of New-York Mirror, dated February 8, 1845, on which his celebrated poem “The Raven” was printed in company of what must be a hundred classified ads offering for sale everything from hardware to real estate. They make for fascinating reading and so do the captions in the exhibition telling the story of each manuscript and letter displayed, as does the richly illustrated and informative catalog that anyone unable to visit the museum ought to get.

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Category: Exhibition
Morgan Library and Museum
225 Madison Avenue,
New York, NY