Wednesday, October 7, 2009

"Darkness There and Nothing More" - The Death of Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe died on October 7, 1849 at the age of forty. Poe’s life was wrought with tragedy and little success. Poe had a failed military career and encountered difficulty when he attempted to live by his writing. In 1836, Poe married his first cousin Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe. She was 13 at the time, he was 27. In 1847, she died of tuberculosis. Her illness and death had a profound impact on Poe’s writing. Poe himself died under mysterious circumstances. At times, his death has been attributed to “alcohol, brain congestion, cholera, drugs, heart disease, rabies, suicide, tuberculosis, and other agents.” Supposedly, Joseph W. Walker found Poe on the streets of Baltimore wearing someone else’s clothes while acting incoherent and delirious. He was taken to Washington College Hospital where he died on October 7, 1849.

Check out Edgar Allan Poe’s poetry here.

[Image via BC]

No comments:

Post a Comment