Edgar Alan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and American literature as a whole, and he was one of the country’s earliest practitioners of the short story. Poe is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre and is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction.He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.


This is the edition (not the same book) that I have on my shelf.

I have a copy of Poe’s Poetical Works. There is no date of publication, nonetheless I guess the volume to be over a hundred years old. It is ornate, decorated elaborately in gilt and maroon. The filigreed panel in the centre of the front cover reads Moxon’s Popular Poets, the series to which the book belongs. The edges are only slightly worn and the gilded page ends still have lustre and the beautiful Victorian binding makes it a fine example of an antique book.  Have you ever come across a book in an opportunity shop that you love? This is my favourite find, ever.

I am enthralled by the poems of Edgar Allan Poe because they sit well with my love of Gothic literature. My copy has illustrations that add to its beauty. While I admire the book for its beauty, and it is in  good condition, it’s the poet’s words that inhabit the book that made me want to bring it home.

Who, once they have read them, can ever forget Annabel Lee, The Raven, Lenore, A Dream within a Dream?


Good reading, should it be Gothic or any other genre, enjoy!


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