- Full Description
A complete catalogue of what is considered to be the finest Poe collection in private hands. Encompassing over 400 rare original items, plus important secondary material--this offers an in-depth look at Poe's life, his world, and his influence up to the present day, through original manuscripts and letters by Poe, daguerreotypes, artifacts, first edition books, and unique material related to Poe's family and friends, some of which are recent discoveries.
Highlights of the collection include the only known manuscript copy of "The Conqueror Worm," generally regarded as one of Poe's best and bleakest poems; an autograph letter written by Poe to James Russell Lowell, editor of the Boston periodical The Pioneer, offering him his short story "The Tell-Tale Heart;" one of only two privately-held copies of Tamerlane and Other Poems; two daguerreotypes of Poe; and a fragment of his coffin.
The collection also contains a number of items that show Poe's influence on American and world culture after his death, including artwork, comic books, movie posters, sound recordings, and toys. Includes an index. This is not a picture collection, per se. While it contains lots and lots of great reproductions of all the items mentioned above, it remains a very thorough, very detailed biography of Poe the man, as well as his books and items that continued to appear after his death, right up to the present day. I found it fascinating and hard to put down, as I learned so much about Poe and his early successes and failures, from poet to story writer, magazine editor to speaker, showman to possibly alcoholic. Plus family man and unrequited lover, whose lost loves became fodder for his finest poems.
Published in connection with the exhibition held at the Grolier Club September 17--November 14, 2014.
- Additional Information
Item Code EVPH Publisher Grolier Publish Date 2014 ISBN 9781605830544 Binding Hard Cover Dimensions 8x11 # Pages 208pg Color Full Color