Friday, February 20, 2009

Edgar Allan Poe
























Death of Edgar Allan Poe
On October 3, 1849, Poe was found on the streets of Baltimore delirious, "in great distress, and... in need of immediate assistance", according to the man who found him, Joseph W. Walker. He was taken to the Washington College Hospital, where he died on Sunday, October 7, 1849, at 5:00 in the morning. Poe was never coherent long enough to explain how he came to be in his dire condition, and, oddly, was wearing clothes that were not his own. Poe is said to have repeatedly called out the name "Reynolds" on the night before his death, though it is unclear to whom he was referring. Some sources say Poe's final words were "Lord help my poor soul. "All medical records, including his death certificate, have been lost. Newspapers at the time reported Poe's death as "congestion of the brain" or "cerebral inflammation", common euphemisms for deaths from disreputable causes such as alcoholism. However, the actual cause of death remains a mystery; from as early as 1872, cooping was commonly believed to have been the cause.




5 comments:

Rob Velella said...

This image is just brilliant... it has the mystery, the air of melancholy, yet it shows Poe's success as a writer and his famous raven. Well done.

Tor Hershman said...

That is a fantastically wonderful rendering of Poe, KUDOS!!!

KW said...

jim, it's perfecto!

Anonymous said...

great piece!

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Essex
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United Kingdom

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