The inventor of the detective story. A pioneer of science fiction. The father of the modern American short story. Oh, and that guy who wrote "The Raven." If your grasp of Edgar Allen Poe is limited to parroting the word "Nevermore," Knowing Poe can give you an impressive online introduction to one of America's great literary figures.
The first document, "The Bells," nicely illustrates the site's interactive approach, as it demonstrates the advantages of hearing a poem as opposed to simply reading it. Visitors are invited to play various audio versions of the piece (male or female voice, with or without emotion) while manipulating such atmospheric variables as background music and sound effects.
The second document leads to a second-person (yes, this means you) investigation into Poe's appropriately mysterious death. (Both these features can also be found within the main body of the site - and the other active objects on the desktop are also mirrored in the three main categories available through an index on the left of each page.)