The works of Edgar Allan Poe have frightened and thrilled readers for more than 150 years. The fall exhibition at The Morgan explores Poe's poetry, fiction, and literary criticism featuring nearly one hundred items, drawn primarily from the Morgan's holdings and The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature at The New York Public Library.
Poe's mastery of multiple writing genres will be represented by poem and short story manuscripts, early printed editions, letters, and literary criticism published in contemporary newspapers, magazines, and journals. On view will be such works as Annabel Lee and The Bells in Poe's own hand; one of the earliest printings of The Raven; the first printing of The Cask of Amontillado; and an unprecedented three copies of Tamerlane, Poe's earliest published work and one of the rarest books in American literature. Importantly, Terror of the Soul is among the first museum exhibitions to explore Poe's wide-ranging influence on fellow writers as diverse as Charles Dickens, Stéphane Mallarmé, Vladimir Nabokov, and Terry Southern. Other literary masterpieces on view include Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles, Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, and Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
(Date to be confirmed)