Poe’s Poems Fetch Big Bucks at Auction
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
WAIT, BEFORE YOU GO…
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.
If you're reading this, you probably already know that non-profit, independent journalism is under threat worldwide. Independent news sites are overshadowed by larger heavily funded mainstream media that inundate us with hype and noise that barely scratch the surface. We believe that our readers deserve to know the full story. Truthdig writers bravely dig beneath the headlines to give you thought-provoking, investigative reporting and analysis that tells you what’s really happening and who’s rolling up their sleeves to do something about it.
Like you, we believe a well-informed public that doesn’t have blind faith in the status quo can help change the world. Your contribution of as little as $5 monthly or $35 annually will make you a groundbreaking member and lays the foundation of our work.