Edgar Allan Poe

"How They Croaked"


Edgar Allan Poe was a famous poet/writer.

Born: January 19, 1809

Boston, Massachusetts

Died: October 7, 1849

Baltimore, Maryland

He was just 40 years old when he died of apparent alcohol poisoning. Later experts discovered that he may have been bitten by a rabid animal instead.


Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts to Eliza and David Poe. David left the family when Edgar was very young, leaving three children and their mother by themselves. When Edgar was three years old his mother died of tuberculosis. He was separated from his brother and sister and sent to live with a woman named Fanny and her husband John Allan. John and Edgar never got along. When Fanny died, of tuberculosis, Edgar was twenty and John kicked him out of the house. Even his first girlfriend and wife, both, died of tuberculosis. All of these bad things and misery led Edgar Allan Poe to writing dark stories. He wrote to cope with all of the loses he experienced.

Writer And Poet

Edgar Allan Poe was a famous writer and poet. He is considered a literary influence and his dark and gory stories are still read by many people today.

Some of his most popular and creepy works are:

  • "The Tell-Tale Heart"
  • "The Cask Of Amontillado"
  • "The Masque Of The Red Death"
  • "The Fall of the House of Usher"
  • "Ligeia"


Edgar Allan Poe was known for his interesting and weird stories. He was obsessed with death and all things creepy. Here are a few of his works:

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How Poe Croaked

After Edgar Allan Poe's wife, Virginia, died of tuberculosis he sent him into a downward spiral. He didn't have enough money to keep himself stabilized, no one wanted to be around him because he was a heavy alcoholic and he felt defeated. Poe took one last attempt at finding work by taking a job in New York City but he got lost on his way and disappeared for six days.

Six days later they found him wasted at a bar, on election day. They took him to the drunk ward at the hospital to sleep of the alcohol but it never wore off. By the second day, he was jumpy and on edge and everything that came out of his mouth was all nonsense. Doctors assumed Poe was still drunk (even though the alcohol should have been out of his system by then). The day after, he refused to drink any water and, at three in the morning, the next day he died.

Cause of death

At the time of Poe's death, doctors thought that he died of alcohol poisoning. He had all the right symptoms and considering he was the town's drunk it wasn't surprising that he may have had alcohol poisoning. A few years later they realized that maybe Edgar Allan Poe had gotten rabies during those six days he disappeared. They think that he may have been bit by a wild animal. The symptoms of rabbis are the about the same as when a person is drunk:

  • Refuses to drink water or eat food
  • Nausea and fatigue
  • Twitching
  • Talking gibberish
  • Fever

Extra Facts

  • Today, Edgar Allan Poe would be 206 years old.
  • He is credited for defining the modern short story.
  • He originally wanted to use a parrot instead of a raven in "The Raven".
  • After his wife died he tried to commit suicide but failed and took a picture of himself right after (right).
  • Four days before his death he was found at a polling place on voting day.
  • Only seven people went to his funeral.


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Belligerent: Hostile and aggressive.

Erratic: Not even or regular in pattern or movements; unpredictable.

Delirious: In an acutely disturbed state of mind from illness or intoxication--wild excitement or ecstasy.

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