Annie Finch writes on Blog Harriet:

 “It is my great honor and pleasure to announce here on Harriet the founding of a new national holiday. Tomorrow will be the first Dead Poets Remembrance day.  Unlike my recent “Kegels for Poets” post, this one is completely for real:

Press Release

At the beginning stop of a 22-State “Dead Poets Grand Tour,” thirteen current and former State poets laureate, in cooperation with the Dead Poets Society of America, have chosen Shakespeare’s birthday to announce a new national literary holiday.

The holiday will be called the Dead Poets Remembrance Day, and will be held in locations around the nation next October 7th.

Fittingly, October 7th is the day that Edgar Allan Poe died.

“We are launching this tour in order to encourage groups of people in every state to get together on October 7th to honor our dead poets by reading at their graves,” said Walter Skold, the founder of the Dead Poets Society of America.

Along the way the Poemobile is going to visit the graves of some of the most and least-well known poets in the US, including Robert Lowell, Donald Justice, James Whitcomb Riley, Lydia Sigourney, John Trumball, Henry Timrod, Abram Ryan, and Sarah Whitman.”

Thanks for sharing this Dead Poets Society news, Annie.

I met Donald Justice a few times but I don’t know him well enough that his death has impacted my life;  I would rather it not.  I like to think of Donald Justice as still living.  I don’t think I would want to stand at his grave, even if people were reading his poetry.

Poe, on the other hand: he’s really dead and has always been dead for all of us who are now alive.

But another thing about Poe.   He didn’t just die.  He was murdered, and his murder was covered up.  If we’re going to use the day of Poe’s death, October 7th, to honor poets who are dead, isn’t that going to cause a lot of unrest in the land of the unliving?

I’m not a morbid person, but I do feel we should try and get to the bottom of Poe’s death, not just for the sake of Poe, but for the sake of everyone, because we’re all responsible for the cover-up of Poe’s death to a certain extent.  OK, that’s a stretch.  Just a few directly are, but if we add the scholars who have deliberately chosen to keep Poe-slander alive, that’s even more of us; but no, we can’t blame everybody.   But I think I can say this to everyone reading this now:  Every day Poe’s death remains unsolved keeps alive a curse, and most of the nine muses are not happy, not to mention Poe’s fellow citizens and all who love poetry and justice—and love a good mystery story! This one’s real, people.

Scarriet has made the case in The Lion and the Little Dog.  (scroll down past whitman)

Poe was an inventor and breaker of codes, he went by other names, he attended West Point, he was an athlete as a young man, he was raised in a household where Supreme Court Justices would drop by for dinner; Poe, was nothing like those ignorant myths that have grown up around in him in the wake of Griswold’s libel,  spun when Poe was expiring—the opposite, in fact.  Think of Poe as you know him—now think of the opposite in every respect.  The opposite is much closer to the real Poe.  

Poe was more inventive and influential in a dozen of his hobbies than the very talented and well-connected are in their chosen career; Poe was famous and famous for a reason, for the simple reason that he was enormously talented; (sometimes this happens,) and this famous writer was picked up by his enemies, not his friends, as always gets reported (remember: think opposite) in Baltimore, in a state of distress, and then imprisoned for 3 days with no word of his dark and dingy whereabouts leaked to any newspaper or friend, and when he mysteriously expired, a hurried burial, without an autopsy, was conducted by the same “friends” who miraculously “found him,” and 24 hours later his worst enemy was telling the world nothing about the actual death or any of its circumstances, and everything about the poet’s flawed character in Horace Greeley’s New York Tribune.

The Poe Scholar John Evangelist Walsh has done a great service in showing Poe scholarship how it should be done: look at the persons involved, the persons who fabricated stories of Poe’s death (the cooping theory, for instance), the persons who were known to dislike Poe, the persons who had reasons to want Poe dead, the persons who had plotted against Poe while he was alive—hellooo, Horace Greeley!

Misunderstood geniuses grow on trees.  Poe is that invaluable rarity: the understood genius.   His output in various genres was not large; but he created templates; he did not write at length on the same thing, he did not write endlessley in the same way, but applied his genius far and wide; one is not supposed to do what he did—succeed in so many interconnected ways; anyone can write code; Poe explained code.

This investigation of Poe will open up whole new worlds: the true nature of Horace Greeley…Greeley’s secret dealings with Boss Tweed, Greeley’s negotiations with Napolean III during the Civil War…

Also, universities will attract the best history and literature students in the world by starting a new department called “Death of Poe Studies.”   Do I kid? Perhaps.

It is very fitting, Annie, that the first “Dead Poets Remembrance Day” is on Shakespeare’s birthday, for Poe is truly our Shakespeare.

It is important to honor the dead and remember their poetry.  But if the day of Poe’s death is going to be the hook for this—as well it should, why not?—I suggest we nudge ourselves out of our long national slumber and begin to investigate the greatest mystery and tragedy of American Letters, the life and death of Edgar Allan Poe.

Thanks again, Annie!



  1. Desmond Swords said,

    April 25, 2010 at 1:22 am

    Just been alerted to a writer I’d not read before, Dave McGowan – by a net-comrade.

    This is the kind of forensic historical framing I like. This one on the birth of the hippie movement in Laurel Canyon

    • Diane Roberts Powell said,

      April 28, 2014 at 11:25 pm

      I love Dave McGowan’s work about the hippie movement and Laurel Canyon. He has a new book out about it.

  2. Desmond Swords said,

    April 25, 2010 at 1:23 am


    birth of hippies in Laurel Canyon

  3. Desmond Swords said,

    April 26, 2010 at 10:37 am

    The poetry goddess has granted your wish my New England friend.

    The picture heading the poem To Helen on the plinth of this weeks poem of the week number 152, is the exact same as the one at the top of your own praise for Poe here, Graves, American souljah.

    Your whole inner vibe could potentially reverse to one of sheer week-long Joy that comes with speaking of that which we Love, Tommy my partner who’s vying with anytimefrances as the sport who brought one the most critical benefit, old chum.

    Rather than lounge around disagreeing with one or two bores you know like the back of your hand here Tom, get over to the virtual English poetry village and gas bro, on what you are an expert on.

    You are the biggest Poe nut I know, and there are plenty of avatars to whet yourself on there mate. the anonymous female poster Parisa , a Brit in LA, right up your street, loves what you do.

    deadgod, anonymous American, I am guessing on the West coast, and what s/he (probably he) doesn’t know about Classical Myth, nobody knows. Carol McRumens, poetry professor and CW from the square-stream, 14 books of verse to her name, nearly retired, a beautiful and competent host with three years MCeeing under belt at potw, perhaps the most consistently vibrant forum for poetic debate anywhere in the village.

    goldgathers, Billy Mills, Dublin poet resident in Limerick, what he doesn’t know about Pound and Old Irish verse, everyone else does, mein host of the immensly popular and rewarding Poster Poets Series in which Bob Tonucchi would be like a dog with two dicks and ten bitches on heat, where anyone can deposit there wares as many times as they like.

    pinkroom, a famous ‘known’ poet writing icognito, (i am guessing), from Dunn na Gall and Gasworks Green, a very perpispacious poet and totally fair-play luvvie with a wicked turn of phrase.

    penileplethysmograph, Anonymous, recent addition, a few one liners.

    cranbrook, an intermittant Anonymous attender, creates few sentence paragraphs, someone a critic of your stature could wantonly abuse and have as a gimp.

    freepoland, there from the start, in the top 20% rank of bores blathering there Tom, anonymous but knows their stuff, bouts of being there, punctuated by weeks of absence, could be anyone for all I know. At various points I’ve been convinced s/he was freind and other times a Kevin Desmond’s words foe practicing icognitio, but eventually cognized after going through their entire back-catalogue, I had acted unfairly that time I wrote thinking s/he was She who cannot be named because I would rather die before give free publicity to a Foet, notevensuperficial.

    Percy1916, turned up two weeks ago. Never heard of ’em.

    HenryLloydMoon, HLM, star of Poster Poets, in the new anthology of Poster Poets we’ve all just approved our galley proofs for, out in the next month or two, a year late. Doing it for charidee Tom, all profits go to African Medical and Research Foundation (Amref) and Farm-Africa in Katine, a rural sub-county of north-east Uganda we donated our poems to the £2.5 million project, free of charge. I’ve two in, my sister the poster poet floribund, Mary Desmond, also has two in.

    Hopefully it will launch a few careers Tom, outsell the other recently released generational anthologies edited by those who are anti-DS’words, total blanket non-mentioning nor tolerance of presence, hence poets on ice website with security like Blackwater assassins at Fort Knox. Zero, Nada, no acknowldgement of the working class joke born beneath ’em, plazzies in the core Foetry seam, doing it for a mention in dispatches, a plummy yah and job well done, in Babylon mon.

    SCFMH, appeared two weeks ago, revealed himself two days ago as Simon Hunter, Scottish film maker

    FiRST FILM EVER SHOT Spaceman, 1977 (aged 7 – Super 8mm)

    FILM SCHOOL WSCAD Film School, England

    FIRST COMMERCIAL – Age Concern for the Lothian Heath Board in 2001

    FIRST FEATURE – Lighthouse, August 1999

    CITY OF RESIDENCE – Los Angeles, London


    COMMERCIAL CLIENTS – Coke Cola, British Airways, British Heart Foundation, Royal Sun & Alliance, NTL, Deutche Post Bank and many others.

    … loves the powt on potw, twinkle Tom, c’mon and have a giggle there.

    If you don’t come in, when it’s Edgar Allen Poe, I will be unable to take you seriously ever again mon amigo.

    Sheenagh Pugh, Welsh queen, senior bore, natural number one rival for McRumens MC Carol, a life in print, countless books, stunningly beautiful mind – doesn’t do comedy.

    c’mon mate, enjoy yourself.

    Des xxx

  4. Desmond Swords said,

    April 26, 2010 at 10:57 am

    i’ve sent you an e mail tom.

  5. Desmond Swords said,

    April 26, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Ray79 said of To Helen:

    Sorry to bring down the tone of discussion, but I could almost believe this to be the prototype for Douglas Adams’ Vogon poetry. He was erudite enough to be parodising it.

    Compare …

    Helen, thy beauty is to me
    Like those Nicéan barks of yore,
    That gently, o’er a perfumed sea.

    … with …

    Oh freddled gruntbuggly
    Thy micturations are to me
    As plurdled gabbleblotchits on a lurgid bee.


    Are you going to let some anonymous idiot denigrate Poe?

    • thomasbrady said,

      April 26, 2010 at 2:00 pm

      Parody is not necessarly denigration.

      If I went around scolding everyone who parodies poe… LOL

      ‘Don’t kill me, please! It was a typo, I swear…!”

  6. Desmond Swords said,

    April 26, 2010 at 11:45 am

    To Helen Guardian Poem of the Week: No 152.

  7. thomasbrady said,

    April 26, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Those who typically pick at Poe are boring in hundreds of ways, repeating mere ignorant trash talk of Aldous Huxley’s upper-class U.K hatred of famous American-Irish which traces back to Poe standing up to Britain’s Goliath “East India Company Opium War” World Empire when America was rebel colony David and hatred of Poe by “English Traits” racist tract Ralph Waldo Emerson—who T.S. Eliot traces back to, who Wiliam James & Henry James trace back to (the James dad knew Emerson–Henry made the same ‘adolescent’ attack against Poe, William was Emerson’s godson & William the father of analytic philosophy at Harvard) so that even this Guardian article looking at Poe’s exquisite “Helen,” composed when Poe was 12 years old, and puporting to ‘defend’ Poe, repeats Eliot’s juvenile charge and instead of refuting its nonsensical, jealous, rooted-in-history nature, essentially accepts it as true, and what follows is a weak apology in which Poe is defended within the parameters set by his thuggish, bigoted enemies. Anyone who is even faintly familiar with Poe’s complete works has to laugh at the idea that Poe is ‘adolescent.’

    • April 26, 2010 at 4:51 pm

      Those who typically pick at Poe are boring in hundreds of ways, repeating mere ignorant trash talk of Aldous Huxley’s upper-class U.K hatred of famous American-Irish which traces back to Poe standing up to Britain’s Goliath “East India Company Opium War” World Empire when “America was rebel colony David and hatred of Poe by “English Traits” racist tract Ralph Waldo Emerson—who T.S. Eliot traces back to, who Wiliam James & Henry James trace back to (the James dad knew Emerson–Henry made the same ‘adolescent’ attack against Poe, William was Emerson’s godson & William the father of analytic philosophy at Harvard) so that even this Guardian article looking at Poe’s exquisite “Helen,” composed when Poe was 12 years old, and puporting to ‘defend’ Poe, repeats Eliot’s juvenile charge and instead of refuting its nonsensical, jealous, rooted-in-history nature…”

      Tom, I think that’s a great “rant” (I mean that; not being sarcastic), but how you can distinguish between the tone and methodology of your forensics and the tone and methodology of the Hippie Canyon piece you deride is not quite clear (other than the fact that the Laurel Canyon piece is denser with facts you can either refute or admit to, whereas yours is, in bulk, interpretive).

      I’m always baffled by the (generally Anglo-American) charge of “circumstantial evidence!” or “sheer coincidence!” charges leveled at alt-historical narratives. As though the great majority of successfully-prosecuted cases aren’t based (or, at least, initiated) on “circumstantial evidence”. It’s rare that we get videotape of a clearly-identifiable Perp raping, dismembering and then burying a body… the crime narrative usually needs constructing from bits and pieces.

      Thought experiment: your downstairs neighbor has a teenage son who openly admires your brand new thousand-dollar bike. The son is known to have stolen things in the past. Your bike disappears one day and the next morning you spot, in the distance, someone looking very much this teen riding a bike that looks very much like yours (but it’s a different color). Do you call the police or shrug it off as “circumstantial evidence”?

      I’m not saying that any given alt-history narrative is solid proof that something mind-bogglingly evil has been perpetrated by the, erm, say, dunno… CIA (just an example of an agency with a huge budget, access to the best tech in the world and a mission statement of secret machinations)… laugh. I’m saying that dismissing these alt-history narratives on the grounds that there isn’t video-taped evidence of wrong-doing is irrational at best. At worst it indicates denial. Just my humble opinion!

      DATA vs AURA (that is: facts vs how weird the facts sound together). Either McGowan made up his “facts” or he didn’t. Specific interpretations don’t matter if the facts are true: there’s already, in such a case, a pattern that deserves investigation instead of blithe dismissal.

      • thomasbrady said,

        April 26, 2010 at 6:52 pm


        I wasn’t deriding the ‘Hippies at Laurel Canyon’ evidence; I was speaking more to its reception…

        I’m sure there is some kind of correlation here…but I don’t know that U.S. Naval Commander Morrison. for instance, ‘programmed’ his son to act in the way he did…is that what the article is implying?

        I have read before that U.S. 60’s protest was more or less an ‘LSD experiment’ of U.S. military intelligence (with British intelligence helping out, as they usually do, such is the ‘love’ between the 2 nations) and there’s enough evidence that it’s probably true.

        I think we can say what the common response to this ‘conspiracy’ is: it’s pretty standard for sons & daughters to rebel against parental authority, and that’s all that happened here. The sons and daughters were not ‘carrying out orders’ from military mom & pop; it just so happens that those who rose to the top in the music business of the 60s were alienated scions of wealthy conservatives with the drive and the connections and the awareness to make their protest potent and meaningful. There was no ‘conspiracy’ between Morrison and his father; their link is coincidental, or, if more than coincidental, than based on a context which is pyschologically and sociologically interesting, but ultimately not conspiratorial. Some people are irrationally frightened away by the term ‘conspiracy,’ and others are drawn to it like a moth to a flame…the ‘circumstantial evidence’ though, as you say, ought to be considered. I agree with you there.


  8. thomasbrady said,

    April 26, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Birth of hippies at laurel canyon… Naval commander Morrison, Lizard King Morrison, the hippie music icons and their military intelligence parentage—this needs a Shakespeare to turn that ‘story’ into theater…only then will it have a chance to become, eventually, in the guts of the people, artistic truth, and, finally, science…until then, it remains in the realm of superstition and gossip…

  9. Desmond Swords said,

    April 27, 2010 at 11:34 am

    If anyone wants to post this to McCrumb’s thread, and say it’s from me and you’re positing it because I can’t post as DSR (you could act and really enjoy yourself if you tried hard Reader). It was on trying to post this I discovered my unknown foe had decided yesterday — after my final piece that appears last on Carol’s now closed 152 potw, that they left on and which has 3 reader recommendations, only one of which is mine – that they’d had enough and clicked a mouse that cast one out, blog comrades.

    Gosh, I wonder why?


    At source we all have to reconcile our Englishness alone Robert.

    It took me forty nine years to suss out who I was. What it meant to be English McCrumb. And since that time, after arriving at the conclusion I am English and not Scottish or Welsh or French or Italian or Hungarian or Swiss or American or Chinese or Spanish or Icelandic or Norwegian or Swedish or Russian or Danish or Flemmish or Cuban or Haitian or Indian or Australian or Canadian or Quebecan or Alaskian or Nigerian or Ethiopean or Kenyan or Malawan or Sierra Leonean or Saudi Arabian or Iranian or Japanese, or even interesting: I have made it a point to speak in a very loud voice in Globish and make myself understood.

  10. thomasbrady said,

    April 27, 2010 at 2:00 pm


    I posted my Poe rant over at the Guardian site—it changed all single quotes marks of my text into question marks for some reason, so as to garble up my text somewhat…but I think the saucy brits will get my message.

    Poe-ignorance is the great litmus test of our age, because Poe historically and scientifically and artistically stands at a great crossroads…those who hate Poe give themselves away as haughty philistines of the worst sort…


  11. Desmond Swords said,

    April 27, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Just post it again

  12. Desmond Swords said,

    April 27, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    You can’t copy and paste anything on that site except from writing on the thread itself. any em dashes, commas and all other punctuation marks, if you do copy and paste text from an off-thread source, must be repalced manually.

    I just tidied it up and added some more from here, block-quoting you. Yes, egg on faces trashing a poem they were unaware was written by a 12 year old Poe. Invaluable information that makes us look silly if we treat it the work of an adult.

    Great stuff.

  13. thomasbrady said,

    April 27, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Thanks, Des

    The fellow who compared Poe to Whitman…Sonnet to Science is great…and Whitman is little more than Emerson’s prose purple-ized a bit. Whitman hit his stride at 37 and Poe practically invented modern literature by 35 and then threw in “Eureka” as a bonus before he was dead at 40.


  14. Bob Tonucci said,

    May 6, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    I was reading Camille Paglia’s Sexual Personae on the train today — her chapter on Poe is quite good — “American Decadents: Poe, Hawthorne, Melville.” She writes very appreciatively of Poe’s work, she liked the teeth of Berenice…

  15. thomasbrady said,

    May 6, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Despite the fact her teacher (Bloom) HATED Poe, Paglia still managed perhaps not to ‘get him’ entirely, but at least she treats Poe with some measure of respect, unlike virtually every ‘important’ American literary critic since his death…

    I’ve read Paglia’s Sexual Personae chapter a couple of times…Poe was NOT a “Decadent…” That’s a misreading…it was pretty common to lump Hawthorne, Poe and sometimes Melville together in American Literary History as kind of the ‘darker’ side of American as opposed to the more optimistic Thoreau and Emerson, for instance…so Paglia was just following a beaten trail in that respect…I suppose it could be argued that Poe had a certain dionsyian aspect, but unless one realizes that Poe was satiric and smiling as well, this reading of Poe tends to embark on a journey that ends distorting quite a bit..

    Berenice was the one tale (an early one) which Poe kind of regretted writing…he felt he went a little overboard there…I hate ‘horror’ movies, ‘horror’ writing, but when Poe writes ‘horror’ it’s so beautiful than I don’t think of it as ‘horror’ even when he strays in that direction…

    Poe wrote many humorous tales…he was a regular Mark Twain at times…Poe’s ‘horror’ or ‘decadent’ reputation is as if Shakespeare wrote only one play: Macbeth…

    …the trouble with reading history with broad categories, such as “Decadent,” is you make every artist and every historical unfolding fit your pre-arranged plan…

    writing ‘beautiful tales of horror’ is decadent ONLY if there is a movement from ‘Tales of Classical Beauty’ TO ‘Tales of Beautiful Horror’ TO ‘Tales of Mere Horror’ and, if you don’t have the proper context, you will assume ‘Tales of Beautiful Horror’ is decadent.

    However, BEFORE Poe wrote his ‘Tales of Beautiful Horror’ the ‘Tale of Mere Horror’ was becoming the rage due to Gothic taste and the rise of the penny presses…

    so Poe was LIFTING the art, LIFTING the tale from ‘Mere Horror’ to ‘Beauty.’ He was taking a popular mode and elevating it. So Poe was, in fact, the very OPPOSITE of “Decadent.”

    Paglia’s error is very easy to make. That’s the danger of sweeping historical takes. You would have to study Poe (and his historical context) very carefully to get this. Paglia obviously didn’t have the time to read all this. The great problem is, once you publish ‘your book’ or your ‘thesis’ you must then defend it.

    What’s so important, I think, about a blog, where conversation is allowed to unfold disinterestedly, one can eventually come to a truth, if there is honest, learned conversation, where the investigation itself is the most important thing, not egos defending their published papers and their career-invested opinions…

  16. June 19, 2011 at 11:40 am

    In the years before Poe,
    ‘mongst those who did make
    Poems, stood one nay-med
    Joseph Rodman Drake.

    Just learned of it today,
    “The Culprit Fay”—
    So late in my life, sadly—
    It inspired a tone poem by Henry Hadley.

  17. noochiecoochieman said,

    October 10, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Actor and director from film ‘The Raven’ honor Edgar Allan Poe
    09 October 2011, Sunday / AP, BALTIMORE

    Actor Luke Evans and director James McTeigue laid a wreath at Edgar Allan Poe’s grave as they paid their respects and talked about their upcoming film “The Raven,” which reimagines the American writer’s last days.

    Evans, 32, plays a young Baltimore detective hunting for a killer who is using Poe’s grisly stories as the inspiration for a string of murders. John Cusack plays Poe, who joins the hunt.

    Poe died in Baltimore on Oct. 7, 1849.

    Evans said he was captured by Poe’s biography and considers him the “godfather of American literature.” He said he learned of Poe’s heartbreak and alcoholism and his unique role in history as the first American writer who tried to make a living by writing.

    “This man started something that’s still thriving today, the murder stories and the detective,” Evans told The Associated Press. “He was the beginning of all of that.”

    The movie is a marriage of fact and fiction to reveal pieces of Poe’s tumultuous life and work.

    Poe’s famous poem, “The Raven” figures into the script in a scene in which he gives a dramatic reading of the poem to a lady’s society luncheon. It’s clear, though, that Poe is just “going through the motions because he has to make a living,” McTeigue said.

    Both Evans, who is Welsh, and McTeigue, who is Australian and known for his film “V for Vendetta,” were eager to visit Baltimore for the first time. McTeigue said he researched Baltimore scenes for the film, but it was shot in Budapest, Hungary for its older architecture.

    Visual effects were used to add the historic Baltimore Harbor, Fell’s Point and the city’s Washington Monument to the film.

    “The Baltimore of 1849 doesn’t exist anymore,” McTeigue said. Still, he said, “it’s nice to come and walk the streets and be where Poe is.”

    Evans also stars in the upcoming films “The Three Musketeers” and “Immortals,” in which he plays Zeus, king of the Greek gods. His film career is less than four years old after starting his career on stage in London’s West End. His role in “Clash of the Titans” put Evans on the film map.

    “The Raven” opens nationwide on March 9.

    While Evans had to create an American accent for “The Raven,” he didn’t try to adopt that unique Maryland way of saying “Bal-more” for his detective character, he said.

    “I didn’t want to embarrass myself because it’s quite a specific accent,” he said.

    Evans and McTeigue laid a wreath at Poe’s downtown grave in a one-time church cemetery, and Evans rubbed the nose of Poe’s likeness in a penny that’s part of his tombstone as onlookers gathered around to snap pictures. The filmmakers also toured the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum.

    They bemoaned the possible closure of the Poe House due to funding troubles and said they hope the movie can draw attention to his life in the city.

    “He left such an incredible legacy and this city sort of owns it,” Evans said. “It’s a really special thing.”

    • thomasbrady said,

      October 11, 2011 at 4:38 pm

      I guess I’m glad they are making this film, but I’m afraid it’s going to be more Poe-distortion. At least they are saying up-front that it’s a blend of fact and fiction. I wish they’d make a film on Poe’s murder —rather than made-up murders. The coupling of Poe and “grisly” makes me wary. Hopefully, Poe will come across as smart and likable—and not creepy. But I’m expecting the worst!

      • Diane Roberts Powell said,

        April 28, 2014 at 11:56 pm

        Tom, I know that this is an old post, but how much store do you take in Dr. Moran’s story? To me, he did embellish it, to say the least. However, having read newspaper articles about Lincoln’s death, I did notice that the style of that period was very flowery and overblown.

        I think that it sounds like two men met him, and drugged him on his trip, stole his clothing and money, and left him in that condition. Were there not different people who witnessed the two men traveling on the same train and saw them depart together in Baltimore (Capt. George W. Rollins)?

  18. thomasbrady said,

    April 29, 2014 at 2:06 am


    Moran is not to be trusted. After all, he was in charge of Poe and provides nothing but literary hyperbole; no evidence, autopsy, or facts. His opinion was that Poe was drugged or poisoned, that alcohol was not involved, but his behavior and rhetoric in general are completely unreliable.

    The men who found him, Snodgrass and Walker and Poe’s cousin are suspects in my book.

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