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The Home Life of Poe by Susan Archer Weiss

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[Illustration: EDGAR ALLAN POE

[REPRODUCED FROM A PHOTO GIVEN TO MRS. WEISS BY POE THREE DAYS BEFORE HE LEFT RICHMOND]]

THE HOME LIFE OF POE

BY SUSAN ARCHER WEISS

BROADWAY PUBLISHING COMPANY NEW YORK 1907

Title Page by Wm. Lincoln Hudson ยท Cover by Stephen G. Clow

Copyright, 1907, BY SUSAN ARCHER WEISS.

All rights reserved.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I. PAGE. First Glimpse of Edgar Poe 1

CHAPTER II. Poe's First Home 9

CHAPTER III. The Allan Home 13

CHAPTER IV. Poe's Boyhood 20

CHAPTER V. Schoolboy Love Affairs 36

CHAPTER VI. Rosalie Poe 41

CHAPTER VII. The Unrest of Youth 44

CHAPTER VIII. In Barracks 52

CHAPTER IX. Poe and Mrs. Allan 57

CHAPTER X. The Closing of the Gate 61

CHAPTER XI. Mrs. Clemm 64

CHAPTER XII. A Pretty Girl with Auburn Hair Whom Poe Loved 70

CHAPTER XIII. Poe's Double Marriage 74

CHAPTER XIV. The Poes in Richmond 82

CHAPTER XV. In New York 88

CHAPTER XVI. The Real Virginia 90

CHAPTER XVII. Poe's Philadelphia Home 94

CHAPTER XVIII. Virginia's Illness 102

CHAPTER XIX. Back to New York 108

CHAPTER XX. Poe and Mrs. Osgood 119

CHAPTER XXI. At Fordham 127

CHAPTER XXII. The Shadow at the Door 137

CHAPTER XXIII. Mrs. Shew 145

CHAPTER XXIV. Quiet Life at Fordham 148

CHAPTER XXV. With Old Friends 154

CHAPTER XXVI. Mrs. Whitman 169

CHAPTER XXVII. Again in Richmond 179

CHAPTER XXVIII. A Morning with Poe "The Raven" 184

CHAPTER XXIX. Mrs. Shelton 194

CHAPTER XXX. The Mystery of Fate 203

CHAPTER XXXI. After the War 212

CHAPTER XXXII. Poe's Character 219

Appendix 227

TO THE READER.

In considering this book, will the reader especially note that it is not a "Life" or a "Biography" of Poe, of which too many already exist and to which nothing can be added after the exhaustive works of Woodbury and Prof. Harrison. I have not treated Poe in his character of poet or author, but confined myself to his private home life, domestic and social, as I have heard it described by Poe's most intimate friends who knew him from infancy some of them my own relatives and from my own brief knowledge of him in the last three months of his life. The book may therefore be considered as a supplement to the more complete "Lives and Biographies," showing Poe in a character as yet wholly unknown to the public, but which should be known in order to enable us to form a correct judgment of his character. I have corrected various misstatements of writers which, repeated by one from another, have come to be received as truth.

I have made no attempt at producing an artistic work, but have treated the subject as it demands, in a plain and practical manner with regard to facts apart from idealism of any kind.

THE AUTHOR.

HOME LIFE OF POE.

CHAPTER I.

FIRST GLIMPSE OF EDGAR POE.

It may be regarded as a somewhat curious coincidence that the first glimpse afforded us of Edgar Poe is on the authority of my own mother... Continue reading book >>




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