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Edgar Allan Poe stamp: for now, not nevermore

The father of the "mystery novel," and one of America's most extraordinary poets and fiction writers was immortalized on postage last week when the U.S. Postal Service celebrated the 200th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe.

The stamp honoring Poe was dedicated at the Library of Virginia in Richmond where several dignitaries-including Poe's distant cousin-spoke of his accomplishments. The 42-cent First-Class commemorative stamp is available nationwide today.

For more than a century and a half, Poe and his works have been praised by admirers around the world, including English Poet Laureate Alfred, Lord Tennyson, who dubbed Poe "the literary glory of America." Sherlock Holmes creator British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle called him "the supreme original short story writer of all time."

The stamp portrait of Edgar Allan Poe is by award-winning artist Deas, whose research over the years has made him well acquainted with Poe's appearance. In 1989, Deas published "The Portraits and Daguerreotypes of Edgar Allan Poe," a comprehensive collection of images featuring authentic likenesses as well as derivative portraits.

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