Thomas Beale Treasure...The Works of Edgar Allan Poe
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Poe's Works of Fiction:

-.Poe's Poems ("Alone," "The Raven," etc.)

-.Poe's Tales ("The Fall of The House of Usher," etc.)

Poe's Works of Non-Fiction:

-.Poe's Literary Criticism (Reviews and Notices)

-.Poe's Essays, Sketches & Lectures (Eureka, "The Philosophy of Composition," etc.)

-.Poe's Miscellanea ("Marginalia," "The Literati," etc.)

-.Poe's Letters (including letters from and to Poe, with a checklist)

Miscellaneous Items:

-.Miscellaneous Documents and Manuscript Material

About Poe's Works:

-.The Canon of Poe's Works (Poems, Tales, etc.)

-.Poe's Works in Annuals, Magazines and Periodicals (first printings and recorded reprintings)

-.Some Editions of Poe's Works

Other Links:

-.Main Page for the Poe Society

-.Other Sites with Poe's Works in E-Text

"Ye who read are still among the living, but I who write shall have long since gone my way into the region of shadows. For indeed strange things shall happen, and many secret things be known, and many centuries shall pass away, ere these memorials be seen of men. And, when seen, there will be some to disbelieve, and some to doubt, and yet a few who will find much to ponder upon in the characters here graven with a stylus of iron." from Edgar Allan Poe's "Shadow a Parable" (1835).


Author.............: Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) (Except where otherwise noted.)
Site Author......: The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore, Inc.
Created...........: April 4, 1998
Last update.....: October 19, 2002

At the moment, this is something of a work in progress. There are several sites on the Internet with some of Poe's works, usually the better known poems (such as "The Raven") and tales (such as "The Fall of the House of Usher"). This site is intended not only to cover this well-trodden ground, but to fill in some of the gaps, as Poe wrote a great deal more than the handful of tales and poems read so regularly.

Here, one may read Poe's final tale, the unfinished "The Lighthouse." One may also find the poem "Deep in Earth" and the fragmentary "The Beloved Physician." In addition, here are selections from Poe's essays, literary criticism and such miscellaneous writings as the "Doings of Gotham" letters, the "Marginalia" and Poe's introductory material for his "Conchologist's First Book." It is hoped that by making available a broader selection of Poe's works, it will quickly become evident that he has been misjudged, based on too narrow a reading of items that reveal but one expression of his genius.

For many items, this site will offer first and other important or significantly revised versions. In this regard, we see Poe as a conscious artist, creating with effort and careful attention to details.

Wherever possible, the original sources have been used, retaining Poe's punctuation and spellings. It is presumed that Poe's works, widely published for over 150 years, are part of the public domain and that no copyright laws have been violated in posting this material.

A few words on method: Generally, printed text is scanned on a Relisys 2400 (a TWAIN compatible flatbed scanner using ART-SCAN). Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is performed with Caere's OmniPage 7.0 and saved as a document. This document is imported into Corel WordPerfect 7.0, where the text is examined for obvious errors, many of which are conveniently highlighted by WordPerfect's spell checker. Manuscript material, which cannot be interpreted by OCR, is entered by hand. Variants are usually created from a basic version of the text, modified as required. Since OCR and spell checkers are notoriously unreliable and inherently limited by their mechanical nature, text must ultimately be verified manually. (OCR, for example, routinely misreads "hath" as "bath" and "thine" as "shine," especially when the source font is smaller than 12-point. Spell checkers are inadequate for Poe's historical spellings and frequent coining of words. Greek and Hebrew text, which does not use standard character sets, is provided as a image, scanned and manipulated under Adobe's PhotoShop 4.0. Illustrations originally published with the text are similarly provided.) At the end of each text, a proofreading mark is maintained to keep track of its status.

Anyone is free to use information from this site for any legitimate purpose without charge as long as sources are properlynoted. (Links to this site are welcome. Wholesale lifting of our text or images, however, is not permitted nor is theunacknowledged use of this material for student papers or commercial endeavors.)

Although items within this site are individually complete, the site itself is still under construction. This is a long-term project, and subject to constant proofing, correction and expansion, so please bear with us.

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