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Landor's Cottage

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Edgar Allan Poe was the second child of English-born actress Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins Poe, and actor David Poe, Jr. Author, poet, and literary critic, Edgar Allan Poe is credited with pioneering the short story genre, inventing detective fiction, and contributing to the development of science fiction. It was a piece of "composition," in which the most fastidiously critical taste could scarcely have suggested an emendation. When Graham exhibited The System of Landor’s Cottage at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, in 1987, he displayed it with a scale model of the cottage as it is described by Poe, commissioned from a professional model-maker (reproduced in Meschede and Gevaert, p. I know not how it is, but this peculiar expression of the eye, wreathing itself occasionally into the lips, is the most powerful, if not absolutely the sole spell, which rivets my interest in woman.

Its banks, of the emerald grass already described, rounded, rather than sloped, off into the clear heaven below; and so clear was this heaven, so perfectly, at times, did it reflect all objects above it, that where the true bank ended and where the mimic one commenced, it was a point of no little difficulty to determine. In one, a large wicker cylinder with a ring at top, revelled a mocking bird; in another an oriole; in a third the impudent bobolink—while three or four more delicate prisons were loudly vocal with canaries.On this peninsula stood a dwelling–house—and when I say that this house, like the infernal terrace seen by Vathek, "etait d'une architecture inconnue dans les annales de la terre," I mean, merely, that its tout ensemble struck me with the keenest sense of combined novelty and propriety—in a word, of poetry—(for, than in the words just employed, I could scarcely give, of poetry in the abstract, a more rigorous definition)—and I do not mean that merely outre was perceptible in any respect.

IMHO this isn't Poe's best work, but it does show what can be done with careful and accurate description.At the west end of the parlor, were a fireplace, and a door leading into the west wing - probably a kitchen.

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