Sunday, January 25, 2009

Poe Mania Hits Richmond VA!

January 19, 2009 marks the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allen Poe. The City of Richmond and the State of Virginia figure prominently in Poe's biography. Poe was raised by foster parents here in Richmond after his mother died. Though buildings in which he lived in Richmond no longer exist, the oldest of the Poe museums in the country is here in Richmond! The Poe Museum here in Richmond even has a lock of his hair! There will be many events taking place over the course of the year to commemorate Poe's birth. We have just purchased two volumes of Poe's poetry and two volumes of his prose for guests to enjoy in our Maury Place library--perhaps with a glass of VA red wine by the fireplace. We think Poe would approve!