Category Archives: Letters

Charles Dickens Meets Edgar Allan Poe

Charles Dickens turned 200 today. Many readers know the novels of Dickens, but few may know that he and Poe were personally acquainted. Edgar Allan Poe was an admirer of Dickens’s works since “strongly recommending” Dickens’s works to American readers in a June 1836 review from the Southern Literary Messenger. In an 1839 issue of…

Poe Museum in Richmond is NOT CLOSING

Reports of the Poe Museum’s demise have been vastly exaggerated. On Sunday morning, viewers of CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood were shocked to hear the Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia is closing its doors. No one was more surprised than we at the Poe Museum. Not only are we not closing, but we are…

The Raven Receives Fan Mail

In what may possibly be a Poe Museum first, we received a letter addressed to “The Raven” in care of the museum. Needless to say, the staff was intrigued and we passed the letter along to the Raven. The Raven was so pleased by the letter, that he asked me to share it on the…

The Latest Theories about Poe’s Death

Here are some more new theories, submitted to our website, about the cause of Poe’s mysterious death. Study the evidence and submit your own theory at http://www.poemuseum.org/students-mystery.php Snow Heart Age 16 Blacklick, Oh I feel Poe, even though we all can tell that he had many things wrong with him that could have resulted in…

Solve the Mystery of Poe’s Death

As we approach the 161st anniversary of Poe’s death, the exact cause of his early demise remains a mystery. Here are some of the theories about Poe’s death that visitors to our website have posted recently. Review the evidence and share with us your own theory at http://www.poemuseum.org/students-mystery.php Andrew Marco Island, FL Poe possibly could…

The Disposition of the Body

Remarks by Dr. Harry Lee Poe Convener of the Poe Family Reunion President, Poe Museum During his lifetime, one of the great concerns of Edgar Poe was what to do with the body. He stuffed them up chimneys. He bricked them up in the basement and in the catacombs. He hid them under the floor…