|A cosy little getaway, Henry!|
|The furniture is "of the period," but the room was definitely E.A.P.'s|
|Dibs on the sleigh bed!|
|Cork lining; I could get into that. A bit jumbly though.|
|One senses a larger-than-life persona....|
|Is it just me or is this room a bit jaundiced?|
The second session of the University of Virginia was well under way when Poe was entered as a student on St. Valentine's Day, February 14, 1826. Thomas Jefferson, its illustrious founder, was yet alive. Poe mentions in one of his letters to John Allan from the university that the Rotunda was yet unfinished, and that books had just been removed to the library. Poe's room was Number Thirteen, West Range—(not perhaps without its unlucky significance), and is now used as a memorial to him.
Here Poe spent many long hours, pouring over the poets, and here too, he began "Tamerlane." This first appeared in print in the form of a tiny volume entitled "Tamerlane and Other Poems. By a Bostonian." It was printed during the summer of 1827, after he had been driven from the Allan home in Richmond, and was in Boston facing starvation. The printer was one Calvin F. S. Thomas, a young and obscure printer in Boston. This was Poe's first publishing venture, and remained virtually unheard of until after his death. Today, only five copies are known to exist, and these, valued at thousands of dollars are in the possession of private collectors, with the exception of one, which is in the British Museum.
These photos of Poe's UVA digs come from the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building / Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs at the New York Public Library.
Which room would you covet?