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From Out That Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe


From Out That Shadow:
The Life and Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe

September 8, 2009—January 3, 2010

Experience the enduring influence of Edgar Allan Poe in this comprehensive exhibition about the great American poet, critic, and inventor of the detective story. Commemorating the bicentennial of Poe's birth, this exhibition draws upon the extensive holdings of the Harry Ransom Center and the University of Virginia to explore Poe's works, his relationships and mysterious death, and his literary reputation. Highlights include letters from and about the author, Poe's writing desk, original illustrations, and manuscripts of such works as "The Bells" and "The Raven."

Classroom Resources

Inspire your students to read Poe with downloadable posters from the Ransom Center's "Reading Poe" campaign. See Robert De Niro, Jason Mraz, and Desmond Howard reading Poe.

Write your own lesson plans using primary source materials from the Ransom Center's Digital Poe Collection and submit them to lisapulsifer@austin.utexas.edu.

Teachers who wish to conduct additional research at the Ransom Center can access primary source materials including correspondence, posters, photographs, and manuscript drafts on site at the Ransom Center in the Reading and Viewing Room. Many materials can be digitally reproduced for you to use in the classroom in PowerPoint presentations or as handouts. These materials give students a unique perspective of history and literature that cannot be found in textbooks.

If you live in the Austin area, accessing the collection in person is easy. Before visiting the Center, please take a minute to read about using the Ransom Center collections and our digitization policies.

If you cannot visit in person, many of the Ransom Center's finest Poe holdings have been digitized and can be studied and downloaded for classroom use.

Please note the Ransom Center's materials use policy.