Annabel Lee and the birth of the modern magazine

When Edgar Allan Poe met his inevitably mysterious and squalid end in 1849, he was on the way to an editing job in Philadelphia. What was macabrely coincidental, though, was that Philadelphia’s most popular title, run by Poe’s old friend John Sartain, was the stage he had chosen to unveil what he (and Sartain) suspected would be his last work, Annabel Lee.

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