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10 Facts about Edgar Allan Poe

  1. 🕷Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American writer, poet, editor, and literary critic from Boston. Massachussetts.
  2. 🥀Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre.
  3. 🏊🏻‍♂️Although many think of him as a shut-in, introverted goth, He was very athletic, holding a record for swimming six miles up the tidal James River.
  4. 🎖He was also a champion long jumper, and enjoyed rowing and hiking.
  5. 🤵🏻👰The cousin thing is totally true. Edgar married his 13-year old cousin, Virginia Clemm. Though she was half his age her age was listed as 21 on the marriage certificate.
  6. 🕷His childhood and adolescence were plagued by the deaths of those close to him: his mother died when he was 2, his first love when he was 15, and his foster mother when he was 20. His brother died of alcoholism-related illnesses when Poe was 22.
  7. 💀He and Nathaniel Hawthorne feuded over plagiarism claims. Poe also accused Henry Wadsworth Longfellow of plagiarism.
  8. 🕸🩸His book “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” involved a character called C. Auguste Dupin who is considered to be the precursor to detectives such as Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie. Many consider this story to be the first work of detective fiction
  9. In 1849, he was found disoriented, wandering the streets of Baltimore in clothes that weren’t his. He was hosp!tal!zed for four days but was never coherent enough to explain how he ended up that way before he d!ed. All medical records about his death have been lost, so the cause remains a mystery. Speculation has included heart disease, epilepsy, syphilis, meningeal inflammation, cholera, and rabies.
  10. 👻Another theory surrounding Poe’s death is that he was cooped, a form of voter fraud in which victims were drugged and forced to vote at multiple polling places before being left for dead. Poe was found at Ryan’s Fourth Ward polls.

     

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