Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Poes in Philadelphia
Poe thrived as an author during his six years in Philadelphia. He honed his skills as a poet, critic, and editor, wrote the first detective stories, and created enduring tales of horror. The Black Cat and The Gold-Bug were actually published during the time he lived in this house. Even though he saw some success as a writer, his personal life was tormented by the steady decline of his wife's health due to tuberculosis. Watching her sink towards certain death, Poe wrote to a friend saying how he feared he was insane “with long intervals of horrible sanity.” A stabilizing force was Maria Clemm, affectionately called “Muddy,” who cared for both her ailing daughter and her melancholy son-in-law.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 39° 57.716′ N, 75° 8.989′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia Touch for map. Marker is at the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, 100 feet north of Spring Garden Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 532 N. 7th Street, Philadelphia PA 19123, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The German Society of Pennsylvania (within shouting distance of this marker); Hershey’s First Candy Store (approx. ¼ mile away); David Bustill Bowser (approx. ¼ mile away); African Zoar Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); First African Baptist Church Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Historic Burial Grounds (approx. 0.4 miles away); America's First Lager (approx. half a mile away); VFW Post 389 Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
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