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Poe’s Poems Fetch Big Bucks at Auction

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Posted on Dec 4, 2009
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Edgar Allan Poe may have died penniless, but his poems are now worth a heap of money—$662,500, to be exact. On Friday, an unidentified bidder at a Christie’s auction in New York paid just that much for a first-edition collection of poems by the master of the macabre, titled “Tamerlane and Other Poems” and printed under the vague pseudonym of “A Bostonian.”  —KA

ABC News:

The 40-page “Tamerlane and Other Poems” was inspired by the work of British poet Lord Byron, and the title poem is about an historical conqueror who laments the loss of his first love.

The book, which has been stained and frayed with the decades, came from the library of William E. Self, a television and film producer.

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By gerard, December 4, 2009 at 4:42 pm Link to this comment

Well, that article on Poe is a pretty frail kudo for perhaps the world’s first inventor of “magical realism” before it was called that, and for what might also be termed a precursor of “science fiction.”  Hollywood has creamed millions off of his inventories of horror.  Steven King owes him royalties.  And if it were not for him, “The Maltese Falcon might never have existed, and the ignominious raven would have remained an obscure and tattered bird of prey, the eagle’s poorest relation, to echo nevermore in the halls of literary fame—and fortune.

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