(All the photos of vignettes were made by me.)
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 photo of Edgar with|
a special inscription for me.
|Detail from the above 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 shares a love of Edgar Allan Poe. In 2002, we visited the
Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia.