Theories about the death of edgar allan poe

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Midnight Dreary: The Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe by John Evangelist Walsh

While traveling alone from Richmond, Virginia, to New York City, Poe disappeared for nearly a week. When seen again he was terribly drunk and nearly dead in Baltimore. In the hospital, four days later, after periods of raving delirium, he died. The immediate cause of death given was congestion of the brain. At first no one seriously doubted that Poe died from drunken debauchery. However, Poe adherents suggested many theories of a physical nature about precipitating causes but no one has seroiusly probed the mystery of the missing week . . . until now.
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The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe

I promised Melville I would visit regularly but, alas, the pleasures and travails of life in the big city kept me away, and I never returned.
John Evangelist Walsh

How did Edgar Allan Poe die?

Wikimedia Commons Edgar Allan Poe. The year is A man is found delirious on the streets of a city in which he does not live, wearing clothes that are not his own, incapable or unwilling to discuss the circumstances under which he arrived. Within days he is dead, having suffered from crippling hallucinations in his final hours, repeatedly calling out for a man whom no one knew. Six days before he died and not long before he was to be married, Edgar Allan Poe disappeared. He had left his home in Richmond, Virginia, on September 27, , bound for Philadelphia to edit a collection of poems for a friend. On Oct.

The death of Edgar Allan Poe on October 7, , has remained mysterious, the circumstances leading up to it are uncertain and the cause of death is disputed. On October 3, the American author was found delirious in Baltimore, Maryland , "in great distress, and He was 40 years old. Poe was never coherent enough to explain how he came to be in this condition. Much of the extant information about the last few days of Poe's life comes from his attending physician , Dr. John Joseph Moran, though his credibility is questionable. The newer monument also marks the burial place of Poe's wife, Virginia , and his mother-in-law, Maria.

In the end we must accept that the few tantalizing facts we have lead to no certain conclusion. It is easy to find ourselves reviewing the stories again in hopes of finding something new, to settle the question once and for all. In , Poe was still sharing a home with Mrs. Clemm in New York, in the same little cottage where Virginia had died in On June 29, , Poe began a lecture tour to raise money and interest in his projected magazine the Stylus. He went first to Philadelphia, then to Richmond and Norfolk.

No subject regarding Edgar Allan Poe ignites as much controversy as his sudden death at the age of forty, which remains shrouded in mystery. What we know is that Poe planned trip from Richmond, Virginia to New York City, during which he traveled by steamer and stopped in Baltimore on September 28,
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Among his many literary achievements, Edgar Allan Poe is credited with creating the genre of detective fiction with his story The Murders in the Rue Morgue , paving the way for fictional sleuths from Sherlock Holmes to Nancy Drew. In June Poe embarked on a speaking tour to raise funds for a literary magazine he hoped to publish. The night before the ferry trip he visited a doctor in Richmond for a fever. About the next few days, very little is known for certain. He turned up in a tavern in Baltimore on October 3.

It was raining in Baltimore on October 3, , but that didn't stop Joseph W. Walker, a compositor for the Baltimore Sun , from heading out to Gunner's Hall , a public house bustling with activity. When Walker arrived at Gunner's Hall, he found a man, delirious and dressed in shabby second-hand clothes, lying in the gutter. The man was semi-conscious, and unable to move, but as Walker approached the him, he discovered something unexpected: the man was Edgar Allan Poe. Worried about the health of the addled poet, Walker stopped and asked Poe if he had any acquaintances in Baltimore that might be able to help him.

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  1. After his young wife, Virginia, got tuberculosis in and died five years later, the already hard-drinking Poe apparently dove deeper into the bottle.

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