Moonday’s Anti-Heroic Hunk in History: Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar_Allan_Poe-circa1849Edgar Allan Poe (1809 – 1849) was a critic, poet, and author known for his tales of mystery and the macabre which were precursors to science fiction. Poe became the first American writer to support himself with his writing. Unfortunately, his literary success did not lead to financial success. He was chronically strapped for funds throughout his life. The lack of pay and the lack of copyright protection for his work left him to live in relative poverty. His critics spread rumors of alcoholism and drug addiction which his supporters denied.

Unable to obtain a position with the government, he worked for a series of magazines and publications. When “The Raven”published in The Evening Mirror, it was immediately successful. Poe, however, only received $9 for his work.  On October 7, 1849, at the age 40, Poe died in Baltimore under very suspicious circumstances.  Poe and his work, his wife Virginia whom he married when she was 13 years old, her forged portraits, and his mysterious death are the topic of the week at ritabay.com with loads of pics.

Next week, an Elizabethan spy.    Rita Bay

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