Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site


"Literature is the most noble of professions...I shall be a 'litterateur' at least, all my life; nor would I abandon the hopes which still lead me on for all the gold in California."

Edgar Allen Poe to Frederick W. Thomas,
February 14, 1849

The famous American writer Edgar Allan Poe lived in the city of Philadelphia for six years, from 1838 and 1844. He moved into the house at 532 North 7th Street, in what is now the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, in 1843 and lived there for about a year. Today the house stands as a testament to Poe's great contributions to American Literature.

His years in Philadelphia may well have been the happiest years of his life; they were certainly his most productive. While he lived in Philadelphia he worked for various magazines, including working as an editor and writer for a large national magazine, Graham’s Magazine. During this period he wrote his famous short-stories, including "The Fall of the House of Usher," the first modern detective story "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," and the horror tale "The Tell-Tale Heart."

—Felicia Carr, NPCA

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