Edgar Allan Poe at Work

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This illustration depicts Edgar Allan Poe at his desk.  Beyond writing poetry and short stories, Poe invented the "detective" genre of storytelling.

In addition to his own writing, Poe was a critic who reviewed the work of other authors.  He was employed, in that capacity, by the Southern Literary Messenger.

This drawing, depicting Poe with his cat (Catterina) and his wife (in front of the fireplace) is by Chas. Sheldon. It was used, among other things, to illustrate a book cover for The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, published by T.Y. Crowell & Co. (in 1902).

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Media Credits

Image online, courtesy Poe Museum.


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