Poe in Richmond

by  Poe Museum

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While many cities claim Edgar Allan Poe as their own, Poe considered Richmond his hometown. The River City is the alpha and omega of Poe’s literary legacy. Here is where he wrote his first lines of poetry and got his first job in journalism, and here is where he gave his last public reading before his death. This presentation follows Poe through his many years in Richmond to show how the city influenced his greatest works.

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By Request: $150.00


60 min

Target Audience

Education: Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

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Primary Disciplines

Language Arts/English, Literacy, Writing

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Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

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Poe Museum

Richmond, VA
United States

Founded in 1922, the Poe Museum houses the largest collection of Edgar Allan Poe artifacts, memorabilia, and manuscripts in the world. The Poe Museum celebrates the legacy of Poe, dubbed “the master of the macabre,” and his enduring impact on the cultural landscape of today. The Poe Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit institution.

Emma Clark

Program Details


1. This program will begin with Poe's childhood in Richmond, VA
2. We will then highlight Poe's earliest poetry he wrote as a teenager in Richmond including "To Helen"
3. Attendees will learn about Poe's career at the Southern Literary Messenger and the stories he published there (including "Morella," "Berenice," and "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
4. Attendees will learn about Poe's marriage with Virginia Clemm Poe
5. The program will conclude with Poe's final weeks in Richmond before his mysterious death in Baltimore, Maryland.


Attendees will leave this program with a better understanding of Poe's upbringing in Richmond, Virginia and how it shaped the literary legend.