An immersive theater experience based on the brooding writing of Edgar Allan Poe is reopening a historic Baltimore house that has been closed for a decade.
The Vault is Slate's history blog. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @slatevault, and find us on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space is all about here. Edgar Allan Poe filed for bankruptcy in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in December 1842, appending this list of creditors and debts to his petition. Show More Summary
Edgar Allan Poe, the early 19th-century poet and author, was a tragic, but gifted figure. Show More Summary
This is Puya chilensis, a plant found in Chile. Did you know it's the botanical equivalent of an Edgar Allan Poe story? Here's why this plant is a house of horrors. Read more...
Nothing brings me more joy than Edgar Allan Poe’s obituary.
Ralph Waldo Emerson called him “the jingle-man.” Henry James called his work “decidedly primitive.” Yet Edgar Allan Poe, nearly two centuries after his death, is now acclaimed as a writer on par with his best contemporaries. How did his reputation evolve? In the Times Literary Supplement, Marjorie Perloff reviews a new study of Poe by Jerome […]
Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven" is first published — in the New York Evening Mirror.Poe claimed to have written the poem very logically and methodically, intending to create a poem that would appeal to both critical and popular tastes, as he explained in his 1846 follow-up essay "The Philosophy of Composition.".... Show More Summary
They mocked when Edgar Allan Poe published his prose poem "Eureka" in his last year of life, describing how the universe had begun with a single "primordial particle" that exploded outwards in "one instantaneous flash." But 80 years later, cosmologists started realizing that Poe had been on to something. Read more...
Marilynne Robinson praises his idiosyncratic brilliance, claiming the long prose poem about cosmology he wrote in the last year of his life, Eureka, was “so full of intuitive insight that neither his contemporaries nor subsequent generations, at least until the late twentieth century, could make any sense of it”: Its very brilliance made it an […]
The Mystery Writers of America have revealed the nominees for this year’s Edgar Awards. The annual prize is named after beloved writer Edgar Allan Poe, awarded to the best authors in the mystery genre since 1945. These awards recognize the...Show More Summary
Sheila writes: It was Edgar Allan Poe's 206th birthday on January 19, and I came across an old post on Open Culture featuring a couple of cool clips, one being Christopher Walken reading Poe's poem "The Raven," and the other being the 1953 Oscar-nominated animated short of Poe's story "The Tell-Tale Heart," narrated by James Mason. Show More Summary
(vimeo link) Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809, which is now 206 years ago. We once looked forward to reports of the Poe Toaster, who used to delivered flowers to Poe’s grave early in the morning on his birthday every year, and drink a glass of cognac in his honor. Show More Summary
Was the famous author killed from a beating? From carbon monoxide poisoning? From alcohol withdrawal? Here are the top nine theories http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/still-mysterious-death-edgar-allan-poe-180952936/?no-ist A little old, but it's new to me :-)
This is how I'll be celebrating.
The story, published in 1978, is set in New York City in the 1840s, with Edgar Allan Poe fighting demonic forces and his personal demons while teaming with a renowned fighter pursuing a sorcerer who murdered the fighter%u2019s wife.Show More Summary
Monday marks the birthday of O.G. Edgar Allan Poe — original goth (one of them, anyway). Poe’s morose poems and gloomy short tales populate the annals of gothic literature. The master of the macabre’s life wasn’t exactly cheery, either. Show More Summary
-As if Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s upcoming Mycroft Holmes novel weren’t enough for you, now another celebrity is tackling another famous literary
This sounds ridiculous! And yet we're totally intrigued! Idris Elba, who may very well be the next James Bond, is reportedly in the midst of producing a movie which he hopes will be a trilogy! [ Related: Kanye West TOTALLY Supports Idris Elba As The Next James Bond! ] The actor slash producer is helping develop a movie based [...]
Once upon a midnight dreary, Elba pondered, weak and weary, over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—and then he found an old book about Edgar Allan Poe doing battle with the devil and thought, "I would absolutely pay to see that movie." So his company, Green Door Productions, will be overseeing a three-part film adaptation.
If you've ever wanted to see a drunken Edgar Allan Poe do battle with a Satanist psychic, you're in luck. The British actor Idris Elba is developing a movie trilogy based on Marc Olden's novel "Poe Must Die," Variety reports.