“With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion.” — Edgar Allan Poe

MARRIAGE: The public scandals and private tragedies of Virginia & Edgar Allan Poe’s marriage

Excerpts from our June session of the Virginia Poe Bicentennial Discussion Series. The public scandals and private tragedies that shaped the marriage of Virginia & Edgar Allan Poe. Overview: Enrica Jang, Director of The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum in Baltimore, provides an overview of the marriage of Virginia Clemm to her cousin, Edgar Allan Poe.
Act I: Tender Hearts
Dean Knight from The Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia, analyzes Poe's anguished letter from Richmond to Baltimore, August 29, 1835, proposing marriage to his first cousin, Virginia Clemm.
Act II: Affairs of the Heart
Historical fiction writer and bestselling author, Lynn Cullen, shares her research on Poe's affairs of the heart that hastened his wife's death in 1847.
Act III: Virginia Poe and Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita
Poe and Nobokov scholar, Susan Elizabeth Sweeney, explores the connections between Virginia’s experience as a child bride and one of America’s most notorious novels. This is the sixth in a pre-recorded discussion series for the Virginia Poe Bicentennial. The Virginia Poe Bicentennial is presented by Poe Baltimore, Westminster Hall & Burying Ground, Maryland Women's Heritage Center, the Poe Cottage at Fordham (Bronx, NYC,) with generous help and participation from Poe Studies Association, The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore and The Poe Museum (Richmond.)