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date: 23 January 2022

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Associated with the urban venues in which he toiled as an editor, Edgar Allan Poe also became a first-hand observer and connoisseur of the natural (and improved) landscapes and landmarks in proximity to these areas. Examples include the Wissahickon Creek (emptying into the Schuylkill River at Philadelphia), the woods near Brennan farm in New York, and the bucolic Fordham Village in the Bronx. Painters, printmakers, and travel writers on the picturesque, notably William Hazlitt and Baron Herman von Pückler-Muskau, provide precedent and context for Poe’s marriage of verbal and visual styles in “The Domain of Arnheim” and “Landor’s Cottage.” Poe’s subtle handling of narrative perspective in his landscapes, following picturesque principles, derives from his impressionistic focus on painterly techniques supporting his developing aesthetics of effect.

Keywords: Edgar Allan Poe, pictorialism, painting, landscape gardening, aesthetic vocabulary, picturesque travel

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