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Edgar Allan Poe papers, 1827-1908 

Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849
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1 box (1 box)
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An original manuscript of "Annabel Lee" as well as a facsimile manuscript of "Epimanes" an unpublished tale, by Edgar Allan Poe. Included in the collection is an autograph album belonging to Octavia Walton Le Vert. On May 1, 1827 Poe inscribed "When wit and wine and friends have met.." in the album. In addition to the Poe inscription the album contains inscriptions by Henry Clay and by the Southern poet, Edward Coote Pinkney. Also, a daguerreotype portrait of Poe taken in Richmond shortly before his death. The Raven Mantel, on the mezzanine above the Rare Book & Manuscript Library Reference Desk, is from the room in the Manhattan farmhouse where Poe boarded during the summers of 1843 1844 and where he wrote "The Raven". Included is correspondence of William Hemstreet, 1907-1908, then owner of the Mantel, concerning its presentation by him the the NEW YORK TIMES, Dec. 1907, when it came to Columbia. There are also three letters of 1888, when its original home where "The Raven" was written, was demolished.