Happy 200th Birthday, Edgar Allan Poe!
Edgar Allan Poe turns 200 today, so Haute Macabre would like to wish this icon a very Haute Bicentennial. Poe was born Edgar Poe in 1809, and was soon after abandoned by his father and orphaned by his mother. The Allan family took him in, and gave him his middle name. After the estrangement of his foster father, he enlisted in the military , where he began publishing his first collections of poetry. After discharge from the military, he secretly married his 13 year old cousin, Virginia Clemm. His wife died of consumption in 1847, and it is theorized that his macabre “death of a beautiful woman” works after that event were a direct result of his loss.
Poe’s death is a great mystery to scholars. On October 5, 1849, he was found delirious on the streets of Baltimore, oddly enough, wearing someone else’s clothing. He never regained consciousness enough to explain his situation, and died on October 7. All hospital and medical records of the event have been either lost or destroyed, but speculation points to either delirium tremens, heart disease, epilepsy, syphilis, meningeal inflammation, cholera, rabies, or alcoholism.
I’m under the assumption that we all have our trusty copies of his complete works, but in celebration I might treat myself to a copy of the Gris Grimly illustrated Tales of Mystery & Madness or the upcoming Tales of Death & Dementia.