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Author Walsh, John Evangelist, 1927-2015.

Title Midnight dreary : the mysterious death of Edgar Allan Poe / John Evangelist Walsh.

Imprint New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, 1998.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Kansas Collection J Schick  818.3 P752Bwa2 1998    ---  Lib Use Only
Description xvi, 199 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-194) and index.
Contents Enter Poe -- Enter the widow -- "We regret to learn ..." -- Witness time -- Five lost days -- Sartain interval -- What Mrs. Smith knew -- Suddenly a tapping.
Summary With the publication of three short tales in the 1840s, Poe invented the detective story. Then his own sudden and bizarre death created a real-life mystery, still unsolved after 150 years, as tantalizing as any of his famous stories. While traveling alone from Richmond, Virginia, to New York City, Poe disappeared for nearly a week. When seen again he was terribly drunk and nearly dead in Baltimore. In the hospital, he couldn't tell where he'd been all that time or who he'd been with. Four days later, after periods of raving delirium, he died. The immediate cause of death given was "congestion of the brain," or "inflammation of the brain," catch-all medical phrases of the day. Midnight Dreary examines the last days of one of America's most admired authors, definitively untangling more than a century of speculation. On its 150th anniversary the greatest Poe mystery of all is finally put to rest.
Subject Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849 -- Death and burial.
Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849.
Authors, American -- 19th century -- Biography.
Authors, American -- 19th century -- Death.
American authors -- Biography.
American authors -- Death.
ISBN 0813526051 (alk. paper)
9780813526058 (alk. paper)

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