The Museum Collection
Poe's Mother in The Coumbian Centinel for November 12, 1806
Description:Edgar Allan Poe's mother Eliza Poe is listed as appearing in the role of Fanny in the comedy The Clandestine Marriage on November 12, 1806. The Clandestine Marriage was written by David Garrick and George Coleman I.
Mrs. Poe was acclaimed for such comic roles. At the time of this performance, she was pregnant with her first son, William Henry Leonard Poe, who would be born two months later on January 30, 1807.