"From childhood's hour..." that phrase, to Poe fans, finishes itself: "I have not been as others were." Yet who was that I who was that man? Who was that poet who had not been as others were? So much has been fabricated about Poe's life, and so much remains a mystery. We have very little to go by: no diaries, no notebooks, only a few daguerreotypes, and his letters, so carefully re-edited by Burton Pollin and Jeffrey Savoye. But we do have something else: his home in Baltimore at 203 (3) Amity Street.
Her writing is evocative and powerful, and we're thankful to have the introduction in hand. Listen to her appeal:
No one can take away his words. But 203 Amity is vulnerable. We know that. We know that we may lose our chance to come close to the man who believed that places hold echoes of their pasts. We need to keep Poe's home in Baltimore the historic and venerable site that it is.
This collection of stories and poems has emerged from the urgency of this appeal to save Poe's home.
Now that we have everything, the book will go to final editing and formatting, and we'll do our best to have both the paperback and the e-versions available in time for Christmas. In the meantime, help us out, will you? Reserve your copy today.
Oh, and a quick note:
The current address for the Poe House is 203 Amity Street. While Poe lived, it was 3 Amity Street.