The University of Virginia recently acquired a letter from Edgar Allen Poe in which he asked his New York publishers to purchase an article because he was broke.  He blames his destitute state on his friend,  poet William Ross Wallace, who “would insist upon the juleps.”  Poe claimed, “I knew not what I was either doing or saying.”  His publishers did not purchase the article.  

UVA will  display the letter in “From Out That Shadow: the Life and Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe,” an exhibit that celebrates the 200th anniversary of Poe’s birth.  The show opens this Saturday and runs until August.