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The ghost chairs of Edgar Allan Poe

The “first physiognomist of the domestic space”, Walter Benjamin calls him because the narrators of the Modern Age gave a detailed account of the face and the complexion of their characters, but barely their living quarters. The first nineteenth-century writer who brought the interiors into his stories was Edgar Allan Poe, he also left two specific testimonies on the subject. One is a brief and sarcastic Philosophy of Furniture, published in May 1840 in Philadelphia’s Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine, where he makes fun of the bad taste of the domestic interior...
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