Today in History: Edgar Allan Poe

The black cat, illustration for the Tales of Edgar Allan Poe
Today in History–January 19–the Library of Congress features author Edgar Allan Poe, born on this date in 1809. Learn more about the life of this master of American writing–a poet; a master of macabre tales; the originator of the modern detective story; and an acute literary critic, editor, and journalist–by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more resources related to Poe, other writers, and activities linking primary source learning to literature.

Books by and about Edgar Allan Poe

The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allen Poe p. 8 Library of Congress Magazine Jul.-Aug. 2017

Edgar Allan Poe images


Edgar Allan Poe historical newspaper coverage

Edgar Allan Poe Was Born from America’s Library

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