Poe's best writings reflect his interest in drama and stagecraft, a context that deepens our appreciation of his works. This article provides an overview of the early American stage and critically explores such topics as Poe's parents (both actors), Poe's theatrical interests, Poe's Politian and dramatic influences on his work, and Poe as a theater critic. It also includes illustrations of a playbill for "Castle Spectre" featuring David and Eliza Poe from the Park Theatre (NY), courtesy of the Harvard College Library, and an engraving of Park Theatre-Park Row (NY), courtesy of the Boston Athenæum.
- Edgar Allan Poe,
- Eliza Poe,
- early American stage
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