Nicknamed “America’s Shakespeare,” Edgar Allan Poe wrote detective stories, science fiction, horror stories and poetry. He is one of my favorite authors and I recommend his Complete Works if you’ve never read them.
One place on my “must visit” list is the Poe Museum: http://www.poemuseum.org/index.php The museum is located only a few blocks from his childhood home and this website is an excellent source of information for anyone interested in Poe. Aside from information and pictures about the museum (including documents signed by Poe and some of his furniture) there is a section on Poe’s Life and one on his works.
Teachers can request a free educator’s packet. Students can play games such as “Solve the Mystery of Poe’s Death”, “Fact or Fiction”, “Celebrate Poe’s 200th Birthday” or enter the “Young Writer’s Contest”. You can watch “Tell-Tale Heart” and of course, there is a gift shop.
If you’ve ever written or enjoyed a love poem, horror movie or a murder mystery then you understand the mass appeal of Poe and why I want to visit this museum. He is still inspiring culture 160 year after his death.