The theories behind the ever-mysterious death of Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe was born in 1809
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It was Election Day, and the clouds were heavy and dark with rain. On October 3, 1849, iconic American writer Edgar Allan Poe was found outside of an Irish tavern in Baltimore, disheveled and delirious, unable to explain what had happened to him. Edgar Allan Poe was wearing soiled clothing that didn’t belong to him. The man who found him took Poe to the hospital where he remained in a state of semi-consciousness for four days until his death on October 7. What happened to one of the most important writers of the 19th century? Whose clothes was he wearing? Was he beaten? Drugged? Here are some of the theories historians have come up with to attempt to explain his mysterious death, as compiled by the Smithsonian.
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