Poe Graveyard Tour: "Misery is Manifold"Visit Website
Join Executive Director Sarah Whiting for 'Misery is Manifold," an exploration of the life of Poe in Richmond, the city he called home.
“Misery is manifold. The wretchedness of earth is multiform"
is the first line of "Berenice," Poe's famous and perhaps most violent horror story, first published in the Southern Literary Messenger in 1835. The publisher of the Southern Literary Messenger, Thomas Willis White, is buried in St. John's cemetery; so is Poe's mother, Elizabeth Arnold Poe. Poe's first and last love, Elmira Shelton, lived across the street from St. John's, and attended the church.
Join us as we explore Poe's life in Richmond, his connections to St. John's, and the personalities entwined therein. The themes of death, premature burial, and mental illness are explored.