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The Works of Edgar Allan Poe T

The Works of Edgar Allan Poe T

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The Works of Edgar AllanPoe, Volume 1 of the RavenEdition
Edgar Allan Poe
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The Works of Edgar Allan Poe
EDGAR ALLAN POE ANAPPRECIATION
Caught from some unhappy master whom unmercifulDisasterFollowed fast and followed faster till his songs oneburden bore—Till the dirges of his Hope that melancholy burden boreOf ‘never—never more!’THIS stanza from ‘The Raven’ was recommended byJames Russell Lowell as an inscription upon theBaltimore monument which marks the resting place of Edgar Allan Poe, the most interesting and original figurein American letters. And, to signify that peculiar musicalquality of Poe’s genius which inthralls every reader, Mr.Lowell suggested this additional verse, from the ‘HauntedPalace":And all with pearl and ruby glowingWas the fair palace door,Through which came flowing, flowing, flowing,And sparkling ever more,A troop of Echoes, whose sweet dutyWas but to sing,In voices of surpassing beauty,The wit and wisdom of their king.2
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The Works of Edgar Allan Poe
Born in poverty at Boston, January 19 1809, dyingunder painful circumstances at Baltimore, October 7,1849, his whole literary career of scarcely fifteen years apitiful struggle for mere subsistence, his memorymalignantly misrepresented by his earliest biographer,Griswold, how completely has truth at last routedfalsehood and how magnificently has Poe come into hisown, For ‘The Raven,’ first published in 1845, and,within a few months, read, recited and parodied whereverthe English language was spoken, the half-starved poetreceived $10! Less than a year later his brother poet, N. P.Willis, issued this touching appeal to the admirers of genius on behalf of the neglected author, his dying wifeand her devoted mother, then living under very straitenedcircumstances in a little cottage at Fordham, N. Y.:‘Here is one of the finest scholars, one of the mostoriginal men of genius, and one of the most industrious of the literary profession of our country, whose temporarysuspension of labor, from bodily illness, drops himimmediately to a level with the common objects of publiccharity. There is no intermediate stopping-place, norespectful shelter, where, with the delicacy due to geniusand culture, be might secure aid, till, with returning3
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