Saturday, January 15, 2011

My Year with Edgar

The first time I was introduced to the poem, Annabel Lee, I remember it like it was yesterday.  My aunt had just received her latest "Book of the Month Club" selection and she had chosen The Best Loved Poems of the American People. She began telling me a little about Edgar Allan Poe and then read me his poem, Annabel Lee, from her new book. I remember where I was standing when she read it, I had never heard anything as beautiful. My love affair with Edgar Allan Poe began that day, I was probably about ten years old.

My dear Edgar ...

My treasured autographed photo of  Edgar ...

Detail from the above autographed photo ...

The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Complete and Unabridged.
Clint's copy, a birthday gift from his mom and dad, 1984.

Okay, back to reality and my "year" spent with Edgar Allan Poe.  In reality I spent a year reading
Kenneth Silverman's, Edgar A. Poe, Mournful and Never-ending Remembrance.  Referred to as a
"biography that will be a lasting monument among Poe studies." This book made me more
aware of Poe's association with other early American poets. One favorite quote about the book is "A book that
is as readable as any fiction published this year...  ~Houston Chronicle


Clint also shared a love of Edgar Allan Poe.  In 2002, we visited the
Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia.

We visited Poe's grave and had our photographs made by the monument.  Unfortunately
the  photos are still on a floppy disk :-(

I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.
 ~ Edgar Allan Poe



I originally posted this blog in January 2011.  It was fun to make the little vignettes
and make believe, at least for a little while. 

Thanks to you all for your visit and comments.

February 12, 2012


Clint said...

Once, upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary.....

Of the Bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells.......

Quoth the raven, "Nevermore"........

Gaily bedight, a gallant knight, in sunshine and in shadow, had journeyed long, singing a song, in search of El Dorado....

Beautiful job on your posting --- a tribute to a true American literary genius.

Cindy Ellison said...

Thank you, honey. I remember the first time you read "Annabel Lee" for me. (Tears) I wish everyone could hear you recite his poetry!

Undine said...

Interesting pictures.

As a fellow Poe fanatic, I have to say, though, that I really hated Silverman's biography--it's full of factual errors and his obsession with psychoanalyzing Poe really got to me.

Have you read Arthur H. Quinn's biography of Poe? It has its limitations, but it's a much better work.

Cindy Ellison said...

Thank you for visiting my blog. I have not read Arthur H. Quinn's biography of Poe. I have written this information down and will look for it.