Today not only his literary works have become a legend, but also Edgar Allan Poe himself. He may not be a drunk or a drug addict whose enemy claims he has a largely false biography, but there are certainly enough secrets to make him most suitable, that he is best known for his own dark and sinister works.
I don’t know when my own love for Poe started. Maybe one of my teachers was telling the story of Poe, who was deliberately thrown out of West Point when he came rolling with nothing but a belt, a story I had never heard of anyone before, so I see it as an ornament and as a fictional story, very similar to Poe’s work itself – but something made me try to stage my own public play of his novel The Barrel of Amontillado with my friends when we were in elementary school. Since then my ears have been stimulated and my feelings have intensified when I talk about Poe.
Named after Poe’s famous poem and filmed by John Cusack as a fictional Poe, the film tells the story of the last days of Poe’s life by following a serial killer whose murders reflect the various murders in Poe’s stories.
Even more fascinating is that the real cause of Po’s death remains a mystery. More recent theories claim that it was the anger that eventually led to his death, but other theories are rich in ideas about hired muscle, suicides, brain tumors and more.
Although we don’t know the cause of his death, there are other fascinating facts about Poe (and related to Poe) that we do know. Whether or not you’re seeing Raven this weekend, we’ve put together a list of some trinkets you can read and use to impress your literary friends, boyfriends or film fanatics.
– The second of three children of itinerant actors born on the 19th. January 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. Both his parents died within three years of his birth.
– After the death of his parents, wealthy merchant John Allan and his wife Francis Valentine Allan moved to Richmond, Virginia. They never officially adopted it.
– As a child, I dreamed of becoming a writer and imitating the British poet Lord Byron.
– He enlisted in the U.S. Army as Edgar A. Perry and claimed he was 22 years old when he was only 18. Later he went to the American Military Academy in West Point. While Allan is helping him at West Point, Poe gets angry with him and threatens to throw him out. After only eight months at West Point, he made it. Allan and Poe never reconciled, and Allan left Poe completely behind after his death.
– At that time he moved to Baltimore and settled with his aunt, daughter Virginia Clem and possibly his brother. When Poe was 26 and Virginia was only 13, they got married. Despite the large age difference, it is assumed that it was a very loving marriage.
– While Po’s love for Virginie is well documented in her poems, Virginie herself expressed her love for her husband in a poem in honor of Valentine, which is now in Enoch Pratt’s free library.
– Virginia was tragically infected with tuberculosis in 1842 and died in 1847 at the age of 24. The disease also led to the death of his mother, brother and adoptive mother. He’s only been alive two years.
– The Southern Herald has built a reputation as a harsh critic. One of his victims was anthologist and publisher Rufus Griswold. After Poe’s death, it was Griswold who wrote the fake biography and created the image of a drunken drug addict like the real Poe. It is not an exact picture, but the image – a caption if you like – has only contributed to making Poe’s rocket more famous and popular.
– Only Edgar A. Poe or E. A. Poe never signed up. The addition of Allan was a work of Griswold’s biography.
– Although the poem Raven made him famous, only $9 was paid for its publication. For the publication of his first short storybook – Tales of the Grotesque and the Arabesque – he received only 25 free copies of his book. Later he would fight for higher wages and international copyright.
– The mysterious circumstances of his death: He left Richmond for Philadelphia but stayed in Baltimore where he disappeared for five days. He was killed on the 3rd. October found in a restaurant bar, dressed in clothes that were not his, used as a polling station for the elections. Editor Joseph Snodgrass sent him to the hospital where he spent the last days of his life. He never regained consciousness and couldn’t explain what happened to him. He died on the 7th. October 1849 at the age of 40, and the exact cause of death remains a mystery.
– From 1949, the only thing that contributed to the mystery of his death was that an unknown visitor named Poe Toaster was killed every year on the 19th day of the year. In January, Poe’s birthday, early in the morning, a bottle of cognac and three roses were left on the original marker at Poe’s grave in Baltimore. It is a tradition that has existed for more than 60 years. The last performance took place on the 19th. January 2009, the day of Poe’s bicentennial. Nobody knows who the toaster is.
– The Poe Bar opened on the 3rd. October. It’s called The Horse you came to and it’s in a saloon in Fell’s Point, Baltimore. It exists and still works.
– During his life Poe lived in Boston, Richmond, Baltimore, Philadelphia and the Bronx. Although his orphanage still doesn’t exist, the Old Stone House in Richmond serves as the Edgar Allan Poe Museum, although he never lived there.
– The room is believed to have been at the Poe Inn, while the University of Virginia is maintained by the Raven Society and is open to visitors. The oldest preserved house where he lived is the Edgar Allan Poe House Museum in Baltimore. We think this is the house where he lived when he first moved in with his aunt and Virginia. It’s also open to the public. All that remains is the last house they rented in Philadelphia, which the National Park Service preserves as a national historical monument in honor of Edgar Allan Poe. His last house was preserved as Edgar Allan Poe’s Cottage in the Bronx, New York.
– Nowadays we know him through stories and poems about mystery and darkness, but he earned his living as America’s first great literary critic.
– Widely known as the inventor of the modern detective novel for his 1841 story Murder in the Rue de la Morgue.
– He was a lover of cryptography and had a great talent. He invited people to send their codes to a magazine he was working on.
– I met Charles Dickens when he was at a talk in the United States. By that time Poe has risen and asks for help with the publication in England.
– The Baltimore Rooks are named after the famous Poe story. The team mascot is a crow named Poe. Originally there were three crow brothers named Edgar, Allan and Poe, but after the 2008 season, Edgar and Allan retired.