“Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.” –Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe, Virginia Poe, and “Annabel Lee”
The Edgar Allan Poe Cottage, which is open to the public in the Bronx near Fordham University, is where the dark mystery writer penned many famous short stories and poems. Read about it at www.nycgovparks.org/parks/poe-park/monuments/1194. There is also a contemporary-style visitor center at the site where more information is available.
Poe (1809-1949) lived in this cottage for approximately three years in the mid-19th century, a peak time for some of his best-known writing, including Annabel Lee (read the poem here: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44885/annabel-lee). At the time, the Bronx provided open space for the cottage property. The Bronx has since grown to a population of approximately 1.5 million residents. Sadly, during Poe’s brief period in his New York home, his wife Virginia passed away.
This is the eighth stop on our New York Author Adventures Trail.