About the Man
Edgar Allan Poe was America's first internationally influential author. He was a Virginia gentleman, an amateur scientist, a journalist, and America's first great literary critic and greatest poet.
Explore the Myth
Poe achieved rock star status as a famously gifted performer who recited his works to large audiences up and down the East Coast. Like celebrities today, he shaped his public image, sometimes distorting facts to make his life seem more exciting.
Uncover the Monster
Poe is an icon in American popular culture. He evokes the image of the tragic romantic poet, misunderstood and rejected by society. His name calls to mind spine-chilling stories and melancholy poetry.
Learn & Play
Poe is an American literary figure who appeals to audiences of all ages. The exhibit features events, activities, and resources designed to enhance students' understanding of Poe, his life, and his work.