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Library of Congress disses Edgar Allen Poe

Library of Congress disses Edgar Allen Poe

The Library of Congress' new exhibition, Books That Shaped America, includes works by many notable American authors, but there is a gaping hole: Edgar Allen Poe. The list include no-brainers: classics from such greats as Herman Melville, Louisa May Alcott, Harper Lee, Ralph Ellison and William Faulkner. But not Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart” or  “The Fall of the House of Usher.” The list also has thoughtful choices such as "The Joy of Cooking" and "Our Bodies, Ourselves." There are works from Dr. Seuss and Dale Carnegie and three (three!) by Ben Franklin. And poetry from Robert Frost. But not Poe's "The Raven." ...