”Abraham Lincoln is my name” – A short poem by Abe

President Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) had many talents, and one of his less known was his interest in poetry. He started to write poetry at an early age and one early attempt to greatness is perhaps shown in the following few lines written about 15 or 17. About 9 poems seemed to have survived and are …

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Journals by Lizzie Borden’s lawyer Andrew J. Jennings to be conserved and published

The Jennings' journals surface after 120 years Andrew Jackson Jennings (1849-1923) was Lizzie Borden's attorney during the two weeks of trial in 1893. Lizzie herself had already spend 9 months in prison prior up to the trial. During the trial about a year after the murders the prosecution received several blows. Lizzie Borden's inquest was …

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“Annabel Lee” : A poem by Edgar Allan Poe

Context. THIS is the final poem known to have been written by Poe (1841-1849) and published posthumously first time October, 1849. The publishers were Sartain's Union Magazine, John Sartain. We can only speculate who the woman is in this poem, but it's possible Annabel Lee may be Poe's own wife who died 2 years before Poe …

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“Israfel” – A poem by Edgar A. Poe

THE POEM ISRAFEL [transl. Isrāfīl] was written while Edgar A. Poe (1809-1849) was at West Point and first published in April 1831. At West Point Poe didn't accomplish much except getting expelled from the Military Academy. He was however more determined to become a writer. This one of a few poems which relate to Muslim literature. Apparently he read from …

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Arthur Rackham’s illustrations to Edgar Allan Poe’s “Tales of Mystery and Imagination”

Arthur Rackham (19 September 1867 – 6 September 1939) was an English book illustrator. When I was about 10-12 years I loved to read from Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination. I remember I borrowed it a couple of times from the local library. I cannot say I understood all of his stories at such …

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