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Edgar Allan Poe: 1846
New York, New York

Edgar Allan Poe published 38 sketches and biographical profiles from May to October 1846 in several numbers of Godey's Magazine and Lady's Book. These were called The Literati of New York City, and in them he frankly critiqued the writing, personalities, and appearances of New York authors, including Thomas Dunn English, Caroline Stansbury Kirkland, Epes Sargent, the members of the Knickerbocker group, and others.

Poe's negative remarks about Thomas Dunn English in the third installment in June 1846 brought a bristling response from English, published in the New York newspaper the Evening Mirror. Poe responded by suing the Evening Mirror for libel and defamation of character, and was awarded several hundred dollars in compensation.

Grave of Thomas Dunn English, Fairmount Cemetery, Newark, New York [25 August 1964]

In May 1846, Edgar Allan Poe moved to a cottage in Fordham, located at Kingsbridge Road and Grand Concourse in the Bronx, New York. His wife Virginia Poe died there in January 1847.

Poe would frequently take midnight walks on High Bridge, which spanned the Harlem River between Manhattan and the Bronx.

Poe spent the last years of his life at this cottage, living there from 1846-1849.

Edgar Allan Poe Cottage, Fordham, New York [9 September 1953]

High Bridge, 173rd Street, New York, New York [Top image--8 September 1955; Bottom image--16 July 1954]

View facing east from High Bridge, 173rd Street, New York, New York [16 July 1954]

View facing south High Bridge, 173rd Street, New York, New York [16 July 1954]

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