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Where Poe Wrote the Raven

 
 
Where Poe Wrote the Raven Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 3, 2016
1. Where Poe Wrote the Raven Marker
Inscription.
Upon this site
formerly stood The Brennen Mansion
in which resided
from March 1844 to August 1845
Edgar Allan Poe
and here during such residence he produced
and gave to American literature and to immortality
The Raven
in commemoration of the poet and of the poem
this tablet is placed MCMXXII by
The New York Shakespeare Society

Donors
Appleton Morgan Albert R. Frey Otto H. Kahn Nathan D. Bill John Drew
 
Erected 1922 by The New York Shakespeare Society.
 
Location. 40° 47.23′ N, 73° 58.665′ W. Marker is in New York City, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of West 84th Street and Broadway, on the left when traveling east on West 84th Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 255 West 84th Street, New York NY 10024, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Where Poe wrote The Raven (within shouting distance of this marker); Sergei Vassilevich Rachmaninoff (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); George Herman "Babe" Ruth (approx. mile away); Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Monument
Where Poe Wrote the Raven Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 3, 2016
2. Where Poe Wrote the Raven Marker - Wide View
The marker is visible here just to the left of the Aldo display window.
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Tecumseh Playground (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hamilton Fountain (approx. half a mile away); Barnett Newman (approx. half a mile away); George and Ira Gershwin (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in New York City.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Raven (Wikipedia). "The Raven" is a narrative poem by American writer Edgar Allan Poe. First published in January 1845, the poem is often noted for its musicality, stylized language, and supernatural atmosphere. It tells of a talking raven's mysterious visit to a distraught lover, tracing the man's slow fall into madness. The lover, often identified as being a student, is lamenting the loss of his love, Lenore. Sitting on a bust of Pallas, the raven seems to further instigate his distress with its constant repetition of the word "Nevermore". The poem makes use of a number of folk, mythological, religious, and classical references. (Submitted on October 9, 2016.) 

2. Edgar Allan Poe Street (Manhattan Past). Manhattan Past discusses the likely location of the Brennen "Mansion" with regard to the two competing historical markers
A competing <i>Where Poe Wrote the Raven</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Erik Lander
3. A competing Where Poe Wrote the Raven Marker
This marker is also found on West 84th Street, but on the east side of Broadway.
and comes to the conclusion that neither is quite right. That is, based upon the available archival evidence, the residence would have been located on the south side of West 84th Street (the markers are on the north side), and some 200 feet to the west of Broadway. (Submitted on October 9, 2016.) 

3. The Home of Edgar A. Poe (New York Times, July 18, 1888). (Submitted on October 9, 2016.)
 
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Edgar Allan Poe image. Click for full size.
Photo of daguerreotype by W.S. Hartshorn; copyright 1904 by C.T. Tatman., 1848
4. Edgar Allan Poe
Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.
Where Poe Wrote the Raven Postcard image. Click for full size.
circa 1910
5. Where Poe Wrote the Raven Postcard
Caption:This House belonged to Mrs. Mary Brennen and stood or stands at 84th St. and St. Nicholas Blvd., New York City, Raven was written here in 1844.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 78 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page was last revised on October 9, 2016.
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