Friday Photo: Poe Goes Pop


“There are few cases in which mere popularity should be considered a proper test of merit,” Edgar Allen Poe once said (he granted a pass to the case of song-writing), and there’s no telling what the author and critic would have made of his own infamy as celebrated in “Evermore: The Persistence of Poe.” On view through November 22 at the Grolier Club in New York, the exhibition brings together a stunning array of Poe-related artifacts, all drawn from the personal collection of Grolier member and Poe pro Susan Jaffe Tane. Along with letters, manuscripts, portraits, and a fragment of Poe’s coffin are contemporary objects and ephemera that demonstrate his enduring influence, from comic books and playing cards to a Poe action figure and a skateboard that features a raven feasting on the Baltimorean’s exposed brain.