The Conqueror Worm

 

poe004A handwritten poem by Edgar Allan Poe surprised auctioneers Last week when it sold for $300,000 at Marion Antique Auctions in MA.

Handwritten in ink and signed by the poet, the yellowed document called “The Conqueror Worm” is estimated to have been written in the 1830s. The poem speaks of human mortality, describing life as a play in which the tragedy is “Man” and the hero is “The Conqueror Worm.”

Born Jan. 19, 1809, in Boston, Poe authored more than 100 poems and short stories and is known for the macabre. Some of Poe’s many popular works include “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Fall of the House of Usher” and “The Raven”.

poe001I visited The Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site in Philadelphia many years ago and it may be one of the most interesting museums in the world because the house, once Edgar Allan Poe’s residence, is empty. It’s simply a space that requires you to engage and use your imagination.  While there,  I got to enter the basement that inspired Poe’s story, “The Black Cat!” I  imagined the bloodied corpse walled within the false chimney! And, of course Relaxed in the Reading Room to sample some of Poe’s greatest works!

For more on Poe’s life, legacy and works visit the Poe Museum website.

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