What was Poe's last piece of work before his death?

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I am interested in knowing Poe's last writing and also who was in charge of his estate since all family member pre-deceased him? In addition I would liek to plan a visit ot Richmond Va to see his library.

-- Anonymous, September 27, 2003


Annabell Lee

-- Anonymous, September 27, 2003

His estate: Maria Clemm, his aunt/mother-in-law.

1)As for Poe's literary estate, wellll....Poe had requested that his literary executor be his colleague Rufus Griswold. So Mrs. Clemm signed over Poe's publishing rights to Griswold. Biiig mistake....Griswold, in his editions of Poe's works, stated that proceeds of the books would go to Mrs. Clemm. When in truth, Griswold gave Mrs. Clemm only several sets of books to sell herself.

Much of folks' falsely negative view of Poe comes from Griswold's biography of Poe. No one guessed that Griswold would turn out to be such a back-stabbing, fraudulent, blackmailing snake. The rumors Griswold spread were far sicker than anything Poe, who had integrity, would have come up with. For more on this story, visit: http://eapoe.org/geninfo/poegrisw.htm

2)Also left out in the cold: Poe's sister, Rosalie. Legally the estate should have gone to Rosalie, who tried unsuccessfully to obtain control of it. But Mrs. Clemm's lawyer won out. Rosalie wound up in a charity home, sometimes selling pictures of her late brother in the streets. (Mrs. Clemm didn't fare much better.)

Richmond Va--info on Richmond Poe Museum at: http://www.poemuseum.org/

-- Anonymous, September 28, 2003

Em, Rosalee died when she was really young.Where'd you get your information?

-- Anonymous, September 30, 2003

I got the info from: http://www.usna.edu/EnglishDept/poeperplex/rosaliep.htm, which has Rosalie living to the age of 64.

Also, www.eapoe.org has a photo of her, & similar dates.

-- Anonymous, September 30, 2003

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