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November 29, 2012

Edgar More Poe Than Allan

Filed under: Today in Literature — Tags: , , , , — Bookblurb @ 6:00 am

Edgar Allan Poe (1809 – 1849)

On this day in 1811, a notice appeared in the Richmond, Virginia Inquirer asking for donations in aid of Eliza Poe, a young actress now “lingering on the bed of disease and surrounded by her children.” Though two-year-old Edgar would be rescued by the Allan family, the life of poverty, abandonment and hand-outs so familiar to his mother would eventually return to stay.

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