Edgar Allan Poe is a famed American writer who has gained much respect in the literary world since his death in 1849.
Poe is the author of such famous poems and short stories as 'The Raven' and 'The Tell Tale Heart'. Because he earned his living from pure writing alone, Poe never had much money. In fact, much of the author's life was filled with gloom and depression, which most likely influenced his Gothic/Romantic style of writing. It is this life, however, that people from all over the world care to learn about by visiting any of the various museums dedicated to Edgar Allan Poe.
The official Edgar Allan Poe Museum is located in Richmond, Virginia, the very city in which the young orphan Poe was taken in by hid foster parents. The Edgar Allan Poe Museum is home to a vast collection of the author's original writing in the form of manuscripts, letters, as well as the first editions of his books. Much of Poe's very own possessions are also on display for visitors' viewing pleasures. In addition to all of this memorabilia, there is also a walk-through exhibit that allows the museum's visitors to learn in detail about the life of Poe through pictures and words.
Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, which is a home that was once rented by the author and has been preserved as it was when he lived there. The site has a gift shop where visitors can purchase Poe-related sou-veneers as well as a reading room that has all of Poe's literary works and is decorated in furniture from the time period in which the author lived.
The Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum is located in Baltimore, Maryland, and is the home that he resided in during much of the 1830's. The museum portion of the house is open to the public and displays exhibits about the writer's life. The Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum is also home to the Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore, which hosts various different Poe-related events every year.