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Friday, May 29, 2009

Edgar Allan Poe Part II Of I

In continuation from Wednesday…

In 1835, at 27 years old, Poe married his 13 year old first cousin, Virginia Clemm. She contracted Tuberculosis in 1842 and succumbed to the disease in 1847 at the age of 24. Virginia’s struggle with the illness and subsequent death are believed to have impacted Poe’s poetry and prose, where dying young women appears frequently.

In his short 40 years of life, Poe became famous for his writings and poetry. He is best known for his poems, and mystery and macabre style of writings. Poe died on October 7, 1849. To this day, Poe’s death remains a mystery, but it is speculated as various reasons like rabies, heart disease, suicide, alcohol, drugs or Tuberculosis.

Despite the fact that Poe lived a life of loneliness and for the most part poverty, Poe is referred to as the “America’s Shakespeare”. He is revered for his short stories, detective fiction, science fiction, lyric poetry and horror stories. There have been many of Poe’s former homes that have been deemed landmarks to honor this great American writer. The Poe Museum is located in Richmond, Virginia and has a year long celebration to honor Poe planned for 2009.

On January 6, 2009, the United States Postal Service issued stamps to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe. According to the USPS “One of Poe’s best-loved poems “The Raven,” was first published in 1845. In this special commemorative booklet edition, French artist Emmanuel Polanco graphically interprets “The Raven” in six original illustrations. The booklet also includes commentary by stamp artist Michael J. Deas and a block of four Edgar Allan Poe stamps with mount.”

Stamp Center has Edgar Allan Poe postage stamps that are issued from Monaco and the United States ready to ship to you.

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