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Betcha can’t name this fella

Handsome devil

If you’re the kind to obsessively pore over the manuscripts and et alia of famous writers, this whole new digitization thing has been a boon to you. Now you can examine in fine detail the fragile parchments, the signed frontispieces, the sneezed-upon hankies, etc., all in the comfort of your own home, or your own phone, if you’re out and about.

I’m just filling space here so that the name of the fella above doesn’t appear in the teaser paragraph for this post, but before long I’ll give in and tell you who it is. Suffice to say that you can now root through his papers virtually by visiting this website at The University of Texas at Austin.

That’s right. It’s a youngish Edgar Allen Poe!

Here’s a shot of his manuscript for the poem, “Eulalie.” Exquisite handwriting, no?


I do love this kind of thing. I can kill a nice chunk of time studying these artifacts, but one thing that’s missing from the online experience is the smell of the old paper, and of the rooms where our fore-writers toiled.

Stuff smelled better in those days.


5 comments on “Betcha can’t name this fella

  1. John W. Howell
    September 11, 2014

    Smelled better but still makes me sneeze.

  2. sknicholls
    September 11, 2014

    He looks brighter in that pic but still has those freaky eyes.

  3. Phillip McCollum
    September 11, 2014

    Don’t know if you’ve ever seen Drunk History on Comedy Central, but there was an enjoyable piece done on Edgar and his feud with Rufus Griswold. Here’s a clip:

    • Kevin Brennan
      September 11, 2014

      Loved it! I need to spend some time watching a few of these!

      • Phillip McCollum
        September 11, 2014

        There’s a few stinkers, but most of them are great.. Like life in general, much depends on having a good drunk around.

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