"I had walled the monster up within the tomb!"

Described as horrifying, mystifying, and brilliant, Poe’s writing has engaged readers all over the globe. The six years Edgar Allan Poe lived in Philadelphia were his happiest and most productive. Yet Poe also struggled with bad luck, personal demons and his wife’s illness. In Poe’s humble home, reflect on the human spirit surmounting crushing obstacles, and celebrate Poe’s astonishing creativity.

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It's all about mysteries, crimes, and sleuths this October. Check out these special programs.

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Edgar Allan Poe

Learn more about the man behind the pioneering literature.

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Literary Innovator

Edgar Allan Poe pioneered multiple genres of literature.

Last updated: September 14, 2019

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