By summer 1825, Allan celebrated his expansive wealth by purchasing a two-story brick home named Moldavia. Many biographers have addressed the issue and reached different conclusions, ranging from Jeffrey Meyers's assertion that it was hypoglycemia to John Evangelist Walsh's conspiratorial murder plot theory. Many theories stem from alcohol, cholera, drugs, brain congestion, rabies, heart disease, tuberculosis his first wife was taken by this particular condition , and suicide. Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In 1999, public health researcher Albert Donnay argued that Poe's death was a result of from coal gas that was used for indoor lighting during the 19th century. Alcohol may have also been the culprit.
Poe had been exposed to a cholera epidemic in July of that year, and his physician treated him with calomel, or mercury chloride. As his close friend J. His enemy wrote his obituary While obituaries are normally written by family members of a loved one, was, surprisingly, written by his enemy Rufus Wilmot Griswold. Edgar Allan Poe: A to Z Paperback ed. The Unknown Poe Paperback ed.
One my very first acts as a new New Yorker many years ago was to make the journey across three boroughs to Woodlawn cemetery in the Bronx. Much of the evidence for this image of Poe is believed to have been forged by Griswold, and though friends of Poe denounced it, this interpretation had lasting impact. This stone marks the original burial plot today Lat: 39. The legend may have been fostered by his doctor, who in later years became a temperance advocate and changed the details to make an object lesson of Poe's death. Poe then returned to Richmond and resumed a relationship with his childhood sweetheart Sarah Elmira Royster.
Archived from on December 15, 2007. He did not know what had happened to his trunk of belongings which, it transpired, had been left behind at the Swan Tavern in Richmond. Alcohol is responsible for about seventy five thousand deaths a year and I believe that is a ridiculous number that we should be able to reduce. If he had been forced to vote multiple times, that might explain his condition. The incorrect statement that Poe was unable to drink water was interpreted to be the symptom of fear of water necessary to the rabies. He gave up on the university after a year but did not feel welcome returning to Richmond, especially when he learned that his sweetheart Royster had married Alexander Shelton.
It was soon published throughout the country. He was taken to the , where he died at 5 a. Because Poe was found on the day of an election, it was suggested as early as 1872 that he was the victim of. Reynolds, one of the judges overseeing the Fourth Ward Polls at Ryan's Tavern, who may have met Poe on. No reliable evidence exists about Poe's whereabouts until a week later on October 3, when he was found in at Ryan's Tavern sometimes referred to as Gunner's Hall. Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston, Inc. Alcohol also has an affect that shows up much sooner compared to cigarettes, which take many years for the serious negative.
Poe was also known as a writer of fiction and became one of the first American authors of the 19th century to become more popular in Europe than in the United States. When used diligently and responsibly, there are very rare occasions of problems and trouble. The fact is no … one knows what Poe died from. I think his demons caught up to him. Many people argue against the views of people who say Poe died of rabies. It was raining in Baltimore on October 3, 1849, but that didn't stop Joseph W. Snodgrass found Poe semiconscious and dressed in cheap, ill-fitting clothes so unlike Poe's usual mode of dress that many believe that Poe's own clothing had been stolen.
With no fear of water, there probably was no rabies either. Aside from alcoholism, historians and biographers have suggested alternative causes of death ranging from lesions on the brain, epilepsy and tuberculosis to cholera, syphilis and even rabies. John Moran, stated that Poe did not smell of alcohol at the time. Even after his death, he created controversy and mystery. He traveled to Boston in April 1827, sustaining himself with odd jobs as a clerk and newspaper writer, and he started using the pseudonym Henri Le Rennet during this period. For comic effect, he used irony and ludicrous extravagance, often in an attempt to liberate the reader from cultural conformity. But once the symptoms do show up, rabies is a swift and brutal killer.
In dying under such mysterious circumstances, the father of the detective story has left us with a real-life mystery which Poe scholars, medical professionals, and others have been trying to solve for over 150 years. A Catalogue of the Officers and Students of the University of Virginia. Its upkeep is now overseen by a group of students and staff known as the. The 1875 monument also marks the burial place of Poe's wife, Virginia, and his mother-in-law, Maria. Here are the 6 most intriguing possibilities. Both stories include aspects of death, alcohol, betrayal, and tombs. One theory is that he had been severely beaten, and possibly robbed by ruffians on the street.