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message 1: by M— (new)

M— | 62 comments

I found this quote attributed to Edgar Allan Poe, and I'm unsure if it's legit. The Internet at large popularly attributes it to Poe, but I can find no record of a primary source or any information on the work of Poe it would have come from.

Is anyone here more familiar with the quote? Or better at googling up a result? I'd hate to remove it from the GR quote database ('cause I find it to be awesome), but maybe that's the most appropriate action?

message 2: by vicki_girl (new)

vicki_girl | 2765 comments This is the best info I could find. Sorry it's not more helpful...

The following is imbedded in the above link, but is worth checking out...

message 3: by M— (new)

M— | 62 comments Thanks, Vicki, that helps some! I'm just going to leave the quote alone. I think it's misattributed but I'm not sure, so I'll leave it alone until somebody who knows more about Poe stumbles across it.

Ralph Gallagher | 212 comments I've read most of Poe's works for my American literature classes and I've never run across this quote from him. I still have his works saved to my computer and it's not in any of them. I'm thinking it should be removed unless someone can find where it's from.

message 5: by rivka, Librarian Moderator (new)

rivka | 45467 comments Mod
It sounds to me like something from an interview. IIRC, there were a few during his lifetime.

message 6: by M— (new)

M— | 62 comments Or maybe from a letter? I don't know. I was kind of hoping a Poe scholar would eventually stumble along this thread and list a definite statement for all posterity.

message 7: by Abcdarian (new)

Abcdarian | 23397 comments We're not the first to wonder about this one:

message 8: by rivka, Librarian Moderator (new)

rivka | 45467 comments Mod
Yes, vicki linked to that in message #2.

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