On this day, 171 years ago, Edgar Allen Poe died for mysterious causes. To honor the legend he left behind, here are five of his lesser-known must-reads. Read to learn more about his life, in addition to adding your Poe-tfolio!
You never really expect the rainbow of books. In the center of the store, on a round shelving unit, stand blocks of brightly colored popular novels. But it isn’t a bookstore. It’s a Warby Parker.
I’ve been inside a few Warbys and I’m always left wondering about the books on display. I went in to buy glasses, not to pick up the latest Zadie Smith book.
But, each time I go, I find myself tempted by the colorful selection of books, sometimes more so than the frames.
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The relationship between books and glasses has pervaded literary culture for years. In the simplest sense, the two are linked because a person uses glasses to read. The Romans discovered the use of glass as a magnifier, but the 13th Century Italians invented the first pair of eyeglasses. These handheld pieces were mainly worn by monks, as they were the main readers of the population. Most were small round lenses step into a frame that could be balanced on one’s nose. Tommaso da Modena famously painted a monk, in the first known image of glasses. It is no surprise that he is wearing them to read.
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But, glasses didn’t stay monk-specific for long. With the invention of the printing press in 1440, writing spread, and more people learned to read. Today, glasses are so widespread, people even buy fake frames for fashion. From the nerd to the shy rom-com girl who hides behind them, glasses have been a prominent theme in culture, almost consistently associated with books. So why is it, history aside, that glasses and books are so deeply interconnected? Why is it that when you picture a librarian, she’s wearing glasses. That when you walk into bookstores you find products like this:
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Here’s the truth: I don’t have an official answer for you. But I have some thoughts.
The first is rooted in Harry Potter. His thick circular frames have become a staple of book nerd-dom. Daniel Radcliffe admitted to Vogue that the glasses were just a fashion statement. Rowling has said that she wore glasses growing up and wanted to see a hero wearing them, not just another brainy character. Sorry J.K., turns out your glasses became a brainy phenomenon after all. But, in many ways, Harry Potter made glasses cool.
Despite how recent the books are, they’ve likely contributed to the boost in glasses in book culture.
Another theory is that we nerds have spent too many hours reading in the dark. Even though it is not scientifically proven, most readers grew up hearing that if they read in the dark their eyesight would get worse. But how else were we supposed to stay up reading without our parents finding out? Whether or not this actually made readers need glasses, it connected the two. It ingrained the idea in our minds that if you loved reading enough to read in the dark, you would need glasses someday.
In a sense, the prominence of glasses in book culture is a reclaiming of the nerdy image. Instead of the awkward nerd with broken frames, we now see the artsy reader in a sunlit space wearing glasses, engrossed in a book. So, it makes sense that shops like Warby Parker would utilize book culture to their advantage. It makes their product seem artsier while reminding you why you needed glasses in the first place.
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The nighttime can be the best time for reading. It’s calm, quiet, and you can leave the stress of the day behind as you flip through the pages of your favorite book. But reading at night can also be a pain! You want to lay in bed and get ready for sleep, but the room is too cold, the lighting isn’t right, and all in all you just cannot relax!
These products will help you with any of your late night reading needs. Just don’t count on them helping you get any sleep.
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With these glasses, you can finally read while laying down without the strain on your neck or eyes! Just put them on, lay back, and the reflective mirrors will do the rest.
Sold by Anri via Amazon
Cost: 13.95 US Dollars
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For those extremely cold nights, or for anyone who likes a warm comfort while they read. Set the temperature to the right heat level for you, and then relax the night away!
Sold by Biddford via Target
Cost: 59.99 USD (currently on sale for 44.99 US Dollars)
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Sometimes you want to set the mood with your favorite read and turn the lights down. This light up magnifying glass will help you to see in the dimmest of settings.
Sold by MagniPros via Amazon
Cost: 39.99 US Dollars (currently on sale for 26.95 US Dollars)
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With this cushion, your book will be held up for reading. No hands required, except for page flipping of course. It also comes with a long tasseled rope sewn to the cushion to be used as a bookmark. When you need to answer the door for some midnight pizza, this will definitely come in handy!
Sold by Fox Valley Traders via Amazon
Cost: 14.95 US Dollars
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We’ve all been there. We have a fantastic book in our hand that’s so entertaining we forget about everything else around us, including our late night drink. By the time we come to, it’s already room temperature and not to our taste. Blech! At last a solution has been found!
This mug has Bluetooth and syncs up to an app on your phone. From there you can set the temperature of your drink and enjoy that relaxing lavender tea, sweet delightful cocoa, or energizing latte for however long you want. Or for at least as long as the battery lasts.
Sold by Ember via Best Buy
Cost: 79.99 US Dollars
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For anyone who wants to shed a little light in their library. This little book shaped light reveals its light when you pull it out of the casing it comes in.
It can also lie on its side to provide a little light wherever you are at home (or even away from home), or you can have it tucked away in your bookcase so you can see any other books you might want to read.
Sold By Y.S.M Products
Cost: 24,000 Japanese yen (roughly 220 US Dollars)
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Doubling as a dim light and the perfect place to have your book rest. This is the ideal book nerd nightlight!
This is awesome if you’re the type who cannot sleep unless there’s some light in the room. It’s also great for seeing at night, so you don’t knock your shin into the corner of the bed for the hundredth time in a row.
The cute house shape is also good for holding your place in your book.
Sold By SUCK UK via Amazon
Cost: 72.53 US Dollars
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