Poe Myths

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Can you tell me any myths you've herd of Edger allen Poe?

-- Anonymous, April 02, 2003


i read some where that he died all alone and dronk

-- Anonymous, April 02, 2003

I read that he had a immense fear of being burried alive and when they found him "dead" in a dark alley he was really just in a coma and he really did get burried alive.

-- Anonymous, April 15, 2003

go to www.eapoe.org ... great site

-- Anonymous, April 15, 2003

All I heard was that he was found dead in a ditch. Some people believe tha cause was aclohol and drugs, but some people believe that rabies killed him.

-- Anonymous, September 28, 2003

Some say he was done in by his Fience's brothers who didn't want him to marry her... others say it was Mercury poisoning. He lived right there when the outbreak developed. When you got it you were told to clear it out with a pill ((sorry but I forgot what they used to call it)) what that was, basicaly, was solidified mercury. You took it until your gums bled, but that is a warning sign that you have Mercury poisoning. Some other people think he died of Carbon Monoxide, from the new lamps that he and his wife had. The doses were so much he just died, but some are skeptical because they found traces of it in his ((and his wife's)) hair, but not enough to kill him.

-- Anonymous, November 10, 2003

we are studying this is school and he disappered for four days and was found half coinsess in a doorway of his home... there are also myths he was buried alive

-- Anonymous, November 17, 2003

Iíve also read he was so scared of being buried alive. and that a few years ago they had to dig up his grave to re-locate him and there was scratch markers everywhere, also he organized for his death a string to be tied to his finger that lead to outside his grave. when they saw him lying there they noticed the string had slipped off and was no where in reach.

-- Anonymous, November 09, 2004

I heard that a few years ago, they found a wall at West Point that wasn't suposed to be there, so they knocked it down and found an army Head Sargent's (or someone of high rank) remains chained to a wall. It just so happens that Poe was under him at the time he went missing, and this is very simular to the story "The Cask of Amontillado."

Has anyone else heard this rumor, or is it totally just crap?

-- Anonymous, November 30, 2004

Fact: He died stoned and drunk at home after he and his wife got int a particularly vicious fight.

It could have been mercury poisoning, a weak heart, or some other ailment particular to his substance abuse or his environment.

The rest are myths. After his Cask of the Montilado's story, and interesting law was passed... chains (tin for the commoners, steel and gold for the wealthy folk) were passed into a coffin with bells attached to the headstone. If someone had been buried alive, the bell could be rung and the person saved. Poe wasn't buried alive =)

Years after this law was passed, the eerie ringing of bells could be heard in graveyards at night. The sound came to be known as Edgar's Bells.

-- Anonymous, December 30, 2004

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