Exploring Edgar Allan Poe’s Manuscript of ‘For Annie’ and City Hall’s Preparedness for Extreme Weather


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Exploring Edgar Allan Poe’s Manuscript of “For Annie”

Exploring Edgar Allan Poe's Manuscript of

Good morning. It’s Tuesday. Today, let’s delve into the intriguing world of literature by exploring the original manuscript of “For Annie,” a poignant poem penned by the renowned Edgar Allan Poe during his residency in a humble cottage in the Bronx.

The Poetic Manuscript

Richard Austin, the esteemed head of books and manuscripts at Sotheby’s, described the moment as truly special. He leaned over a delicate, yellowed sheet of paper, carefully placed on a writing desk – the faded original manuscript of the beloved poem, “For Annie.”

Historical Setting

Austin stood within the walls of the Poe Cottage on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, the very place where Poe resided while crafting the heartfelt verses of “For Annie.”

A Glimpse into Poe’s Life

During Poe’s time at the cottage, poverty loomed large. The estimated auction price of $400,000 to $600,000 for the manuscript starkly contrasts with Poe’s own financial struggles. Reports indicate that Poe’s mother-in-law had to resort to extraordinary measures, even digging up turnips meant for cattle, to make ends meet. Maria Clemm, Poe’s mother-in-law, collected dandelions and other wild greens to sustain the family.

City Hall’s Preparedness for Extreme Weather

Additionally, a recent report has shed light on significant gaps in City Hall’s readiness to tackle extreme weather events.

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