Mr. Poe’s Birthday

Yesterday was the 200th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe, one of the greatest writers America has produced. The Poe Toaster was on hand (for the 60th straight year) to place the customary three red roses and a half-bottle of cognac on the Mr. Poe’s grave.

In honor of Poe’s 200th, two exhibits, one in Virginia and other in Texas (go ‘Horns!), will commemorate his life and work. This article has the information: Mysterious ‘Poe Toaster’ Returns for Writer’s 200th Birthday.

Here is some information about Poe that I hope will spur you on to read this great writer.

Edgar Allan Poe at Wikipedia

The Murder of Edgar Allan Poe at Crime Library

The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore‘s website

A Life of Poe at the Poe Museum

A brief biography of Poe at the Literature Network

An even briefer biography at

A List of Poe’s works online at Google Books

Bibliography of Edgar Allan Poe at Wikipedia

A selection of Poe’s best works online

My favorite works are as follows:

The Cask of Amontillado
Masque of the Red Death
The Oblong Box
The Gold Bug
A Tale of the Ragged Mountains
A Tale of Jerusalem
The Tell-Tale Heart
The Pit and the Pendulum

and, of course,

The Murders in the Rue Morgue
The Mystery of Marie Roget
The Purloined Letter

(Without these detective stories some say there would have been no Sherlock Holmes! shudder)

Annabel Lee
Epigram for Wall Street
For Annie
The Haunted Palace
The Valley of Unrest
Silence – A Sonnet

Or you can pick up an edition of his works here at Amazon.

Also, the A&E Biography of Poe is available at iTunes. There is the video and also an audio version available (last I checked).



About Michael R. Jones

Pastor and PhD candidate writing on Paul's theology of suffering.
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2 Responses to Mr. Poe’s Birthday

  1. Lizbeth says:

    I remember taking a field trip to UVA in fourth grade and seeing Poe’s dorm room. They still have it roped off and set up as it would’ve been when he was there. It was quite fascinating (even for a 4th grader). One of my favorites that I once wrote a paper about (and one of his more spooky works, in my opinion) is Ligeia, and then of course there’s The Raven…who know so many words could rhyme with “nevermore”?

  2. Oh I would love to see that. I love opportunities to step back in time.I almost included Ligeia and William Wilson but hesitated simply because I haven’t read them in a while.

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