Where to Read and Listen to the Works of Edgar Allan Poe
Luckily, there are a variety of websites and apps which will allow you to either read or listen to the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Sometimes it is great to curl up and read a few good Poe story’s while a storm is raging outside and sometimes it lends a certain eerie quality to listen to them being read instead. Some sites have more to offer than others and some have a fee; some do not. However, we have a few we would like to refer for free.
First, The Poe Museum, which is an actual museum that can be visited, is located in historic Richmond, Virginia. Tickets range from eight dollars for adults to six dollars for seniors and youths. Children under six years old get free admission. If you are unable to attend the museum in person, however, their website has many Poe-related resources available.
Before we talk about the website, however, we would like to touch on the museum itself. For those who can visit, it is a real historical treat. It was created over a hundred years ago by James Howard Whitty who not only was a devoted Poe fan but also wished to create the state’s first monument to a writer. The museum now enjoys a history as unique as the writer himself. In addition to bringing Poe’s vision of paradise from “To One in Paradise” to Poe’s Enchanted Garden, there is also a Shrine to Poe. One of the rooms in the museum was constructed by using a staircase which once graced one of Poe’s childhood homes. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 am until 5 pm, Sunday 11 am until 5 pm, and closed Mondays and a few holidays.
On The Poe Museum website, there is much you can do. There are several of Poe’s classic works available to read, including some of the more famous works we have already mentioned, as well as “The Fall of the House of Usher”, “The Gold Bug”, The Cask of Amontillado”, and several others. You can also check out Poe’s Timeline and even compare his to current events happening at the same time. Additionally, you can read about Poe himself, learn about his family, and even read a bibliography compiled listing possible causes of death.
The next website we would like to mention is very thorough. PoeStories.com has just about everything-Poe that you would want to read. The Welcome page gives you a rundown on what you can expect from the website. The rest contains a biography, summaries, stories, poetry, a forum, gallery, timeline, guestbook, and bookstore. Furthermore, they also have a page entitled “Links” which contains additional links with Poe’s works as well as other Poe-related sites. The site is easy to navigate and you can literally spend hours, even days, searching its depths.
Lastly, we would like to recommend a couple of ways to listen to the works of Poe. There is a free audiobook with the complete compilation of his short stories on audiobooktreasury.com. You can also get a free ebook of Poe with a trial membership of audible.com. Among other sites which provide audio and video information, Youtube is one of the best. There is quite an extensive library on Youtube which contains biographies, documentaries, specific stories read aloud by voice actors such as Christopher Lee and James Earl Jones, and other Poe-related video and audio recordings.
There is no shortage of websites or apps which provide everything-Poe you could ever want to read, watch, or listen to. Begin by checking out the sites we suggested and enjoy!