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Borough President Diaz & Bronx County Historical Society Launch New Video Documenting Poe Cottage

The life and death of legendary American writer Edgar Allan Poe are shrouded in mystery, but one thing is certain: Poe spent the last years of his life at his beloved cottage in the Bronx, caring for his ailing wife and finding inspiration in the places and people surrounding him.  Poe Cottage, an American landmark that was Poe’s home from 1846 until his death on October 7, 1849, is currently undergoing extensive restoration. But that doesn’t mean visitors cannot still enjoy all this cultural treasure has to offer. 

On the 161st anniversary of Poe’s death, the Bronx County Historical Society, in conjunction with the Office of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and the Bronx Tourism Council, has launched a video revealing the surprising ways in which the Bronx had an impact on Poe’s life and work.  The video, created by Emmy-award nominated Derek Woods of BronxNet Television, will be part of a temporary Poe exhibit at the Bronx County Historical Society’s Valentine-Varian House Museum. 

Edgar Allan Poe in The Bronx: His Life & Times at Poe Cottage provides an unusually intimate look at the father of the modern detective mystery, offering insights into his life in New York City’s northernmost borough with his wife Virginia, the nearby bells that inspired one of best-known poems, and his time with his neighbors in what is now Fordham University.

“The Bronx is an important part of the personal history of Edgar Allan Poe, one of America’s greatest literary masters,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.  “Poe Cottage is one of our most treasured cultural institutions, and this video provides a look into what the Bronx meant in Poe’s life. I encourage visitors and New Yorkers to visit the Valentine-Varian House to see the Poe exhibit and to take the opportunity to visit other sites that factored into his life like the New York Botanical Garden and landmarks on the campus of Fordham University.”  

“We are delighted to debut an entertaining and informative video about the life and times of Edgar Allan Poe in The Bronx as part of our temporary Poe exhibit at the Museum of Bronx History. This new documentary will ensure that visitors, during the Poe Cottage renovation, will be able to experience the last residence of this great American writer and poet where he penned some of his most memorable works,” said Dr. Gary Hermalyn, Executive Director of the Bronx County Historical Society.

“Poe Cottage in the Bronx has been a place of pilgrimage for fans of Poe’s writing for many decades. This video will enable aficionados to experience the cottage while it is undergoing much-needed repairs,” said Lloyd Ultan, the official Bronx Borough Historian.

The video was produced by the Bronx Tourism Council, a program of the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (BOEDC).  The project was funded in part by a grant from the NYC & Company Foundation. 

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