Edgar Allen Poe died mysteriously after having been missing for six days. Though still alive when he was finally found, he was wearing someone else’s cheap clothes and not coherent enough to tell where he’d been. He had disappeared en route to his own wedding.

The Riddle of Edgar Allan Poe’s Death

Despite his macabre literary genius, Edgar Allan Poe’s life was short and largely unhappy. After his young wife, Virginia, got tuberculosis in 1842 and died five years later, the already hard-drinking Poe apparently dove deeper into the bottle. In the late summer of 1849, he was in Richmond, Virginia, where he proposed to an old sweetheart, Elmira Shelton. On September 27, 1849, Poe left Richmond, supposedly bound for Philadelphia. The details of his actions and whereabouts over the next few days remain uncertain, but on October 3, a passerby noticed Poe slumped near an Irish pub in Baltimore, Maryland. When Poe’s friend Dr. Joseph Snodgrass arrived, he found the 40-year-old writer in what he assumed was a highly drunken state, wearing chea… Continue Reading (2 minute read)

12 thoughts on “Edgar Allen Poe died mysteriously after having been missing for six days. Though still alive when he was finally found, he was wearing someone else’s cheap clothes and not coherent enough to tell where he’d been. He had disappeared en route to his own wedding.”

  1. jabbadarth

    The bar he was near when found in the street still exists in Baltimore. Its called the horse you came in on and is the longest continually running saloon in the country (saloon being a key word there are older bars and pubs but apparently this one takes the title for saloons whatever that means)

  2. clistmockingbird

    His final public reading was at my high school. For 150 years the students have joked it was the lunch food that killed him.

  3. Ouijadasi

    There’s a fictionalized account of that event in a horror movie called The Raven. It was okay. I mean, not a ringing endorsement but, like, if you see it available maybe don’t avoid it.

  4. MBAMBA3

    I don’t know about ‘mysterious’ – his own stories seem to cry out ‘I am a deeply troubled human being’.

  5. Kennaham

    An interesting theory is that he got pulled into a voting fraud scheme. It’s known that at the time people would kidnap strangers and take them to voting center after voting center forcing them to vote for a certain candidate. Poe vanished during an election week.

  6. chaosperfect

    I’ve always known this story, but I never knew he was missing for six days or that he was on his way to his wedding.

    The past few years, especially after a serious run of severe drinking for years, I’ve started to wonder if he’d gone on a really bad bender and died during DT’s.

  7. _Vash__

    The Raven with John cusack did an interesting take on Poe. Also note that his obit was not flattering because it was written by Griswold, a writer/rival who Poe had harshly criticized.

  8. CraigTwoodzzz

    He was also a raging alcoholic and addicted to morphine. Those kinda thing tend to happen, his life is pretty fucking crazy and sad. The cousin child marriage is also very sketch.

  9. BrokenEye3

    Most likely abducted and forced to vote for the same candidate over and over again in different outfits, which really tells you more about the period than it does about Poe

  10. Captain__Spiff

    Yeah like, lots of drugs

  11. Mmedical

    So the engagement is off?

    -Elmira Royster, probably.

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