3 wierd facts

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i need three totaly wired totaly true facts on poe soon like tonight if u can

-- Anonymous, October 01, 2003


j/j i came here too! I need the weird facts too!

-- Anonymous, October 01, 2003

that is scary but i found out he slept with his dead wife married his first cuz gambled inlisted in the army under name of edhar A perry andwas totaly goth so u did this at the last minute too bye see u tomarrow

-- Anonymous, October 01, 2003

In response to the above answer:

"slept with his dead wife"---not true. For more details, check this website's posting "Did Poe sleep with Virgina after she died?", and the answer given by Patrick Murphy.

"Married his 1st cousin." True; it was legal, & not uncommon at the time. (I think it still may be legal in Calif.)

"Gambled"---True, in college. To the tune of $2,000, which was A LOT of $ in 1826.

Enlisted...under the name of Edgar A. Perry." True. It should be noted, that he rose to the rank of Sargeant Major in 2 yrs., & was very well thought-of by his superior officers.

"A total Goth"---fits some of the mold (he felt like an outcast at times). But over 1/2 his writings were comedies, satires or hoaxes. The humor ranged from subtle, to a near-Dr.-Seuss level of silliness.

You may be interested in Poe's year at college (he used to draw on his wall & ceiling while reading his stories to classmates). More on that is: http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/poe/alumnews/poe-all.html

-- Anonymous, October 01, 2003

Poe proposed to helen on of his lovers, in a grave yard. They shared the same thoughts about death. helen wore a neclace with a coffin on it around her neck. Also some one now called the poe toaster, leaves cognac and roses on his grave ever year in the morning no one has yet seen the face of this mystery person.

-- Anonymous, October 01, 2003

About the dude that goes to the graveyard, that was over 100 years ago, until that guy died, atleast that's what I read.

-- Anonymous, October 02, 2003

From www.eapoe.org: "The Poe Toaster: "Since 1949, on the night of the anniversary of Poe's birth, a mysterious stranger has entered this cemetery and left as tribute a partial bottle of cognac and three roses on Poe's grave. The identity of the stranger, referred to affectionately as the Poe Toaster, is unknown. The significance of cognac is uncertain as it does not feature in Poe's works as would, for example, amontillado. The presumption for the three roses is that it represents the three persons whose remains are beneath the monument: Poe, his mother-in- law (Maria Clemm) and his wife Virginia. Out of respect, no attempt is made to stop or hinder him. Several of the bottles of cognac from prior years are on display in the Baltimore Poe House and Museum." Someone still comes, every January 19th.

-- Anonymous, October 02, 2003

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