Edgar Allan Poe, image via Wikimedia
Greenwich Village was a hotbed of literary talent and scandal, even in the 1840s, as the eminent writers and poets of the day gathered at literary salons for readings and gossip. Writer Edgar Allan Poe would become embroiled with certain poetesses of the day, who appeared interested in more than just literature. These putative romances quickly led to the rumors of immorality, instability, and madness that would dog Poe throughout the final days of his life, and well beyond his death, as spurned lovers sought their revenge.
Join Untapped Cities and Boroughs of the Dead on Saturday, May 16th, 2015 for “The Poes’ Greenwich Village,” a special edition of our sold-out historical walking tour from last year that steps into the Greenwich Village of the 1840s, where Edgar and Virginia Poe lived and worked. This tour will interweave some of Poe’s most famous tales with Greenwich Village’s macabre secret histories, a tour that will delight fans of Poe’s literary grotesques, as well as New York City urbanites. Following the tour, optional cocktails will be held at the hidden bar, The Garrett. For a limited time, save 10% on the tour using the discount code POE.
On the anniversary of Edgar and Virginia Poe’s wedding, you will visit the site of three of Poes’ former homes, discover the places that inspired Poe, find out where he read “The Raven” for the first time in public, and learn of the scandals and triumphs he experienced while living in the Village –particularly the unfounded gossip of Edgar’s unprovable “love affairs” — all the while celebrating “a love that was more than love” on this fascinating, informative, and downright romantic walking tour.