When Edgar Allan Poe Lived, and Loved, in the Bronx

Good morning. It’s Tuesday. Today we’ll look at the manuscript of “For Annie,” a poem that Edgar Allan Poe wrote when he lived in a cottage in the Bronx. Annie was married, but that didn’t stop him. We’ll also look at a report that found “big gaps” in the way City Hall prepares for extreme weather.

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“This is a very special moment,” Richard Austin said, leaning over a yellowed sheet of paper that had been placed on a writing desk — a now-faded original manuscript of a famous poem by Edgar Allan Poe, “For Annie.”

Austin, the head of books and manuscripts at Sotheby’s, was standing in a stark, white room at the Poe Cottage on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, where Poe lived when he wrote “For Annie.”

Sotheby’s expects the page to sell for $400,000 to $600,000 in June. That would have been an unimaginable sum for Poe, who was so poor when he lived in the cottage that his mother-in-law “resorted to digging up the turnips meant for the cattle,” one Poe biographer wrote. His wife’s mother, Maria Clemm, also gathered dandelions “and other greens” for salads.

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