Do you know Poe? Edgar Allen, that is. The Library of Virginia and The Poe Museum do, and they are inviting visitors to learn more about the man, the myth, the legend here at this collaborative exhibition website. Four icons greet the visitor: a raven, a swinging blade, a hot-air balloon, and a sinister looking cat. Clicking on the raven takes visitors to the “About the Man” area. Illustrated by primary documents from Poe’s life (such as drafts of poems and highlights from the Southern Literary Messenger), this section serves as a fine introduction. One rather compelling fact described in this section is that Poe’s best-selling book during his lifetime was in fact a guide to conchology, appropriately titled “The Conchologist’s First Book”. Moving on, visitors who click on the sinister cat section, formally titled “Explore the Myth”, will find commentaries on some of the popular myths surrounding Poe. Visitors shouldn’t miss the “Learn & Play” area (symbolized by the hot air balloon), as it contains the highly entertaining “I Know Poe Game Show”.
From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2009. http://scout.wisc.edu/
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