Edgar Allan Poe, Design Critic In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “Landor’s Cottage,” the author paints an idealized picture of his own New York Cottage. He describes the building in painstaking–some might even say excruciating–detail,...Show More Summary
Here's a late 1970s Vincent Price performance of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven," featuring the dean of horror at his scenery-chewing best.
The only thing scarier than Poe's stories are his design theories. "The true genius shudders at incompleteness--imperfection--and usually prefers silence to saying the something which is not everything that should be said." Read Full Story
While we might picture Edgar Allan Poe hunched over his writing desk in a drafty, sparsely furnished home, the famed horror writer actually had quite specific tastes when it came to interior design. And he believed that Americans simply did not know how to furnish a room. Read more...
In The Philosophy of Furniture," an essay in the May 1840 issue of Burton's Gentlemen's Magazine, Edgar Allan Poe decries the interior design sense of the world (the Italians have "have but little sentiment beyond marbles" and the Americans worship an "aristocracy of dollars").
So if Joe’s previous literary muse was Edgar Allan Poe, it appears that his new one is going to be E.L. James. Creepy twin Mark tells now-blond-but-still-a-little-punk-and-once-again-crazy-eyed Emma that he has a slight case of haphephobia, which she’ll have to study up on if their relationship is going to work.... More »
Black Craft offers this excellent Edgar Allan Poe hoodie with a quote from his poem "A Dream Within A Dream" on the back.
Despite a prolific body of work, when Edgar Allan Poe died in 1849, he was originally buried in an unmarked grave. When the grave was in danger of disappearing into the weeds altogether, George W. Spence undertook naming the spot with a simple sandstone marker - not with the famous writer's name but with the simple and inexplicable number 80. Show More Summary
On last night's Person of Interest, a caper-style episode about an art thief, Finch refers to a fictional New York bar called The Purloined Letter. And that single reference, to an Edgar Allan Poe story, revealed how this show is entangled in one of the great philosophical debates of the last fifty years. Read more...
A better look at our Edgar Allan Poe Action Figure. Stare at it long enough and you will become insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.
In Edgar Allan Poe’s glorious short story “Hop-Frog,” the title character, a court jester, plays a practical joke on the king he serves—a king who “seemed to live only for joking”—and on the king’s seven joke-loving ministers. What’s the joke,… Continue reading ?
The Tell-Tale Heart Pendant Choker Do you love with a love that is more than love? Don't go mad searching for the perfect Valentine's Day gift for your beloved Edgar Allan Poe fan. Gift her The Tell-Tale Heart Pendant Choker from the NeatoShop. Show More Summary
Paul Auster spoke recently at the Morgan Library in New York about his life in reading Edgar Allan Poe, framing this study with what he called “boy’s literature.” Poe, Borges, and Thomas Pynchon all apparently fit the bill. Anne Margaret Daniel writes more about it at The Huffington Post (hint: the term is less derogatory, [...]
From Pits and Pendulums to Pastoral Porches: Edgar Allan Poe’s Bronx Getaway Once upon a morning dreary, I left Brooklyn with eyes bleary, Wearily I took the subway to a poet’s old forgotten home. In 1844, Edgar Allan Poe and his young wife Virginia moved to New York City. It was Poe’s second time living in the city and just one of many homes for the peripatetic [...]Show More Summary
Edgar Allan Poe, boy writer. Paul Auster recently had some interesting things to say about literature in terms of age, and gender. He has come up with a new category of literature: "boy's literature." This is not an updating of the familiar...Show More Summary
Mental Floss lists 10 pop culture adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven." Stereogum lists the best Grateful Dead songs. 32 "best books of 2013" lists were added to my master aggregation Sunday, including The Migrant Bookclub's best books for...
The modern convention seems to be to celebrate Poe on his death day (October 7), but that seems to me to be unnecessarily morbid, so I'm going to use his 205th birthday for a special tribute here at TYWKIWDBI.I was an English major in college, then moved on to a career in the biological sciences. Show More Summary
Today marks the birthday of literature’s dark romantic and master of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe. The mad, mustachioed author initiated the modern detective story, helped define early science fiction, and embodied the definition of “troubled writer” — but it was his horror stories that marked his legacy. Show More Summary
The tubercular cousin in our family of vigorous visionaries.