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Edgar Allen Poe's Site
7 Spring Garden Street
Penns Landing
Philadelphia, Pa 19123
Cross Street: 7th Street
Hours of Operation
Open Wednesday thru Sunday 9am - 5pm. Admission is free.
Edgar Allan Poe achieved the highest rank of any non-commissioned officer, Sergeant Major while in the Army. Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American author, poet, editor and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story and is considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre. He is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.He was born as Edgar Poe in Boston, Massachusetts; he was orphaned young when his mother died shortly after his father abandoned the family. Poe was taken in by John and Frances Allan, of Richmond, Virginia, but they never formally adopted him. He attended the University of Virginia for one semester but left due to lack of money. After enlisting in the Army and later failing as an officer's cadet at West Point, Poe parted ways with the Allans. His publishing career began humbly, with an anonymous collection of poems, Tamerlane and Other Poems (1827), credited only to "a Bostonian". Poe switched his focus to prose and spent the next several years working for literary journals and periodicals, becoming known for his own style of literary criticism. His work forced him to move among several cities, including Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City. In Baltimore in 1835, he married Virginia Clemm, his 13-year-old cousin. In January 1845 Poe published his poem, "The Raven", to instant success. His wife died of tuberculosis two years after its publication. He began planning to produce his own journal, The Penn (later renamed The Stylus), though he died before it could be produced. On October 7, 1849, at age 40, Poe died in Baltimore; the cause of his death is unknown and has been variously attributed to alcohol, brain congestion, cholera, drugs, heart disease, rabies, suicide, tuberculosis, and other agents.
  • Ranger Guided Tours: Tours of Poe's historic home are available. The tours are 30-45 minutes. During the tour, photos and questions are encouraged. Poe's home consists of 6 rooms and the basement. Before and after the tour, feel free to view our exhibits, reading room and sales center.

    Visitors are welcomed to tour the historic home on their own with a self-guided map and brochure available at the site
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  • Edgar Allen Poe has written
    Annabel Lee
    The Bells
    The Black Cat 
    The Fall of the House of Usher
    The Gold-Bug
    The Raven| PDF |
  • "Murders in the Rue Morgue"
  • "The Pit and the Pendulum"
  • "The Tell-Tale Heart"
  • "The Black Cat"
  • "The Gold-Bug"
  • "The Fall of the House of Usher"
  • "The Masque of the Red Death"
  • "The Purloined Letter"
  • "The Cask of Amontillado"
  • "A Descent into the Maelstrom"
  • "William Wilson"
  • "The Man of the Crowd"
  • "The Oval Portrait"
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