Monday, March 30, 2009
Edgar Allan Poe Is Doomed To Be The Victorian Of The Month.
“I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.”
—Edgar Allan Poe
b. 1809, Boston
Orphaned by his parents, expelled by his alma mater, disowned by his adoptive father, dishonourably discharged by the army, prevented from marrying his sweetheart, married to his 13-year-old cousin, widowed by his wife, addicted to drugs and alcohol.
Failed by suicide.
d. 1849, a gutter, Baltimore, due to “congestion of the brain” (Baltimore Clipper)