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The Edgar Allan Poe Society
of Baltimore

Edgar Allan Poe Grayscale picture of Poe, with signature

The Writings of Edgar Allan Poe:

  • The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe  (A comprehensive collection of e-texts of all of Poe’s prose and poetical writings, from the original sources and with multiple versions as revised during his lifetime — includes poems, tales, sketches, essays, literary criticism, letters and miscellanea. Along with individual items, several important and scholarly collections are also provided, including the Harrison and Mabbott/Pollin editions.)

Information about Edgar Allan Poe:

  • Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography  (by Arthur Hobson Quinn — still the standard biography, perhaps slightly dated but sympathetic, and an impressive accumulation of what we know about Poe, done with great care and skill by someone with superb academic credentials, training and experience). (For a more condensed biography, see the “Annals” by Thomas Ollive Mabbott.)
  • The Poe Log: A Documentary Life of Edgar Allan Poe  (by Dwight R. Thomas and David K. Jackson — a chronologically sequenced collection of statements and extracts that provides an invaluable overview of Poe’s life, rooted in historical documents)
  • The Portraits and Daguerreotypes of Edgar Allan Poe  (by Michael J. Deas — the definitive book on Poe’s appearance and iconography, with many images now provided in full color)
  • Poe Studies / Dark Romanticism  (Full issues, 1968-1987)
  • A Poe Bookshelf  (A large selection of books, articles and lectures about Poe, all presented as e-text, with a few general lists of errata for more current books still under copy-right.)
  • General Topics about Edgar Allan Poe  (Standard Reference Works, Poe’s Death, etc.)
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“Depend upon it, after all, Thomas, Literature is the most noble of professions. In fact, it is about the only one fit for a man. For my own part, there is no seducing me from the path.” from a letter by Edgar Allan Poe to Frederick W. Thomas (February 14, 1849).



Author.............: The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore

Created...........: May 1, 1997

Last update.....: May 25, 2024



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