Episode 112: Edgar Allan Poe, Evermore

Most of the authors we meet in school don’t stick with us as personalities. We remember the stories they create more than we remember them. That’s not true for dear Edgar. In fact the lines between fact and fiction become so blurry when he’s nearby that it’s no small task to keep the man and his work separate. And that’s just the way he wanted it. Join us this week as we discuss a plethora of Poe urban legends. From his persona, to his death to the Poe toaster; to all the true stories he molded into legends in his writing. Come on, let’s dive in before something starts rapping at your chamber door.

Guest Story Teller courtesy of Libravox

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SOURCES:

The Beautiful Cigar Girl: Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe, and the Invention of Murder BY Daniel Stashower

BALTIMORE ROWDYISM.; ELECTION FRAUDS REDUCED TO A SYSTEM–VOTERS IN DURESS. TESTIMONY OF PETER FITZPATRICK. A VICTIM OF THE “ROUGHSKINS.” – NYTs

Election Fraud in the 1800s Involved Kidnapping and Forced Drinking – Atlas Obscura

Poe’s Death Is Rewritten as Case of Rabies, Not Telltale Alcohol – NYTs

Booze on Election Day was an American tradition

Philadephia Oddities – Grip the Raven

The Mysterious Tale of Charles Dicken’s Raven – BBC

The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore

The (Still) Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe – Smithsonian

13 Haunting Facts About Edgar Allan Poe’s Death – Biography

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