Edgar Allan Poe Museum to Exhibit Newly Discovered Poe Manuscripts

Recently uncovered Edgar Allan Poe manuscripts will be revealed at Richmond, Virginia’s Edgar Allan Poe Museum from April 26 to July 11, 2012 in honor of the Poe Museum’s 90th anniversary.

One of the exhibit’s highlights will be the recently discovered manuscript for “To Helen,” a previously unknown version of poem’s first stanza which was found last month in the album of Poe’s cousin Amelia Poe of Baltimore. This version of “To Helen” would be an important find because it represents a unique, unpublished draft that likely predates the poem’s first printing in 1831 when Poe was 22.

From Poe’s Quill: The Letters and Manuscripts of Edgar Allan Poe will open on April 26, the exhibit will showcase recent finds alongside dozens of rare Poe manuscripts gathered from seven different public and private collections across the country.

Poe Museum’s Curator Chris Semtner said “This is the kind of exhibit that comes around only once in a generation. Because Poe’s manuscripts were not highly valued during his brief life, many have been lost or dispersed over time, making them very rare today. Given that, it is remarkable that this show will feature such items as the only complete Poe short story in private hands, the earliest privately owned Poe manuscript, and even a letter from Poe to Washington Irving.”

John Cusack will play the godfather of goth in The Raven, a horror-themed murder mystery directed by James McTeigue, which opens  nationwide April 27, 2012.

The Poe Museum is located at 1914 East Main Street in Richmond.