Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Edgar Allan Poe, self-publisher?

Edgar Allan Poe, 1848.
Library of Congress,
Prints and Photographs
The always interesting blog Letters of Note features a poignant letter of January 4, 1848, from Edgar Allan Poe that details his despair during his wife's decline and eventual death from tuberculosis, but also reveals his intention to self-publish: "To be controlled is to be ruined."


Janet Rudolph said...

Loved this. History repeats itself.

Undine said...

Funny you should post this--I've been wondering a lot lately what Poe might have been able to accomplish using something like Amazon's self-publishing wing. Considering his gift for self-promotion, it would have been ideal for him.

Born too soon!