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Lenore. 1845

Lenore is a poem written by the American author, poet, editor, and literary critic Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849). Poe’s gothic stories of mystery and the macabre formed part of the American Romantic Movement, and he was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story. In similarity to Lenore in ‘the Raven’, Lenore speaks of the death of a woman, and the grief that her partner feels upon her demise. The poem may have been Poe's way of dealing with the illness of his wife Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe (August 15, 1822 – January 30, 1847). In January 1842 she contracted tuberculosis, growing worse for five years until she died of the disease at the age of 24. Its final form was published in the August 16, 1845, issue of the Broadway Journal while Poe was its editor, he was paid $10 for its publication.

Gothic Literary Character Tombstone: Lenore

  • Cast plaster of Paris tombstone. Size 3.25” x 4”.

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