Death of Edgar Allan Poe

On September 28 1849, Edgar Allan Poe died. The circumstances around his death remain a mystery to this day. One notable theory is that he was a victim of "cooping", a method of voter fraud that involved a victim being kidnapped, drugged, and disguised several times in order to cast many votes. Some people suggest that he died of alcohol poisoning, or that he even contracted rabies. Poe is famous for his horror tales, and many early critics of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wall-Paper" (1892) view it as a Poe-esque horror story. 

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“The Mystery of Edgar Allan Poe's Death (U.S. National Park Service).” National Parks Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, 24 Feb. 2021,


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The end of the month Autumn 1849 to The end of the month Autumn 1849