Who Is Precisely Poe?

My name is Martha Womack, and I teach English and Theatre Arts at Fuqua School in Farmville, Virginia. When I first began teaching American literature, I discovered so much conflicting information about Edgar Allan Poe that I became confused about what to teach my students. As I began to research the author's life and literature, I realized that a horrible injustice had occurred, and I became determined, like many others, to set the record straight. The "Poe myth" portrayed a life that was spectacularly immoral when in fact it was only dreary, miserable and to some extent dull. Somehow I became captivated by the author and his writing; and so, my mission continues.

You may e-mail your questions about the author and his literary works. I won't write your papers for you, but I will answer your questions or at the very least point you in the right direction. I will also continue to review the information on the Internet about Poe and make recommendations based upon my findings as far as to the accuracy of the information and its usefulness in terms of research and academic study. For this reason, this page will continue to be under construction.