The Mysterious Death of Edgar Allen Poe

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Poe's Unsolved Mystery On September 28, 1849, Edgar Allan Poe arrived in Baltimore, Maryland to take a train to Philadelphia. What was supposed to be a brief stop over turned into an eternity. What caused the death of "the father of the detective story"? The possible scenarios surrounding the events that lead up to his death are the cause of many magazine articles, books, and even recent medical studies. Although no one really knows what happened to Edgar Alan Poe, there are over twenty different theories about what might have happened to him. I will discuss the four major theories of what Edgar Allan Poe's cause of death was. First one needs to know some background information on Edgar Allan Poe. Poe was born in Boston, Massachutes, to David Poe and Elizabeth Arnold. He lost both his father, who abandoned the family, and his mother, who died of tuberculosis, at a very young age. He was taken in by John Allan, a wealthy business man. As Poe aged, he and his father relationship became very strained. In 1826, while attending the University of Virginia, Poe and his father had a falling out over his supposed drinking and his gambling debts. In 1827, Poe enlisted in the U.S. Army. After two years of service, his father helped him get accepted into West Point Military Academy. It was only a few months before Poe was expelled from school and disowned by his father. In 1832 he moved to Baltimore to live with his aunt, Mrs. Clemm, and Cousin Virginia. Four years later Poe and his young cousin were married. She soon became very sick and suffered from repeated illness until she died in 1847. In July of 1849, while on a lecture tour, Poe became reacquainted with a woman he had been very fond of as a young man. Her... ... middle of paper ... ...pedia. 1991 Didier, E. L. "The Grave of Poe." Appleton's Journal Vol. 7 (Jan 27, 1872): 104 Mason, Anthony. "Edgar Allan Poe: The Final Mystery" CBS News Sunday Morning Nov 6, 2000. May 24, 2003 Cavendish, Richard. "Death of Edgar Allan Poe.(Brief Article)" History Today Oct 1999: 52 "Edgar Allan Poe Mystery." University of Maryland Medical News. Sept 24, 1996. May 21, 2003 Connery, William. "A Toast to Poe" World and I Oct 1999: 210 Smith, Gary. "Once Upon a Midnight Dreary: Cognac, Roses, and Edgar Allan Poe: A Graveyard Mystery." Life July 1990: 48-54 E. A. Poe Society of Baltimore. Poe's Death May 23, 2003

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