Posted on 03/01/2022 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
An appropriately eerie donation has been made to the Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia.
The Guardian reports that literary collector Susan Jaffe Tane's gift of almost sixty Edgar Allan Poe items included a fragment of the writer's original coffin.
(He was exhumed in 1875, so that his coffin could be moved across the cemetery, and the box broke in the process.)
Additionally, Tane gifted the museum a pocket watch that Poe wore while writing "The Tell-Tale Heart" — a story in which the killer compares his victim's heartbeat to the sound of a clock.
The final item that the Guardian highlighted was an engagement ring given to the woman Poe would've married if he hadn't died ten days before their wedding.
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