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1844 – Leaving his position at Graham’s Magazine in Philadelphia, 35 year old editor Edgar Allan Poe moves back to New York, where he used to live a few years ago.
A respected literary critic and author of short stories such as The Murders in the Rue Morgue, he is nonetheless looking for a job and broke, partly due to the illness of his wife Virginia.
After living in several boarding houses for a few months they rent rooms at the 2nd floor of the Brennan Farmhouse, near the Hudson River. The place is in the countryside as New York has yet to become the large city we know today, it would only become 84th Street a few decades later.
In October Poe is hired as an sub-editor and critic for the newly launched Evening Mirror, earning $20 a week. This is not enough: he has to supplement that income by moonlighting for other magazines, writing articles, stories and sometimes poetry, his first passion.
1845 – On January 29, The Evening Mirror editor Nathaniel P. Willis publishes Poe’s poem The Raven, bought for $9. Partly inspired by a talking raven in a story by Charles Dickens, the poems is an instant classic and makes Poe a household name as his creation is republished in dozens of publications.
Learn more about Edgar Allan Poe and The Raven on the upcoming webmag The Scribes.
Following the success of the The H.P. Lovecraft Bronze Bust Project which allowed a bust of the Cthullhu author to be presented at the Providence Athenaeum Library, sculptor Bryan Moore striked again with The Edgar Allan Poe Bronze Bust Project.
Funded through a successful crowdfunding campaign backed by Guillermo Del Toro, George R.R. Martin and hundreds of people, a life size bronze bust of Edgar Allan Poe will be unveiled at the Boston Public Library on October 30, 2014.
The project will be followed on October 31 by a performance of Nevermore: An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe, the acclaimed one-act-play where Jeffrey Combs inhabits the persona of the author.
Taking place at the Somerville Theatre, Boston, the event is produced by filmmaker Izzy Lee, also producer of the Bronze Bust Project.
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