who are the wives of Edgar Allan Poe

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Who were the wives of poe and in which order where they married to him ?

-- Anonymous, May 08, 2001



I assure you the list is not that long. Edgar Allan Poe married his cousin, Virginia (Sissy) Eliza Clemm on May 16, 1836 in Richmond, Virginia by the Reverend Amasa Convers. Edgar was 27 years old and Virginia was 13. He was only married once.

Following Virginia's death in January 1847, Poe was engaged to be married to Sarah Helen Whitman. This engagement was broken off at the end of 1848 by Sarah. Actually, there is reason to believe he was relieved and may have broken a promise of abstinence to initiate the breakup. (He was also writing and professed his love for Annie Richmond at the time but she was married.)

In 1849, while on a lecture tour in Richmond, Virginia, he again courted his childhood sweetheart, Elmira Royster Shelton but there is some dispute whether they ever became officially engaged. He died before they could be married.


-- Anonymous, May 08, 2001

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