Midnight Dreary: The Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe Movies, Media Adaptations & Suggested Reading

John Evangelist Walsh
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Many scholars consider Kenneth Silverman's Edgar Allan Poe: Mournful and Never-ending Remembrance one of the best modern full-length biographies of Poe.

Silverman mentions some of the evidence Walsh mentions in his book, without analyzing it, just letting it stand unadorned. Of the possible causes of death he mentions (murder is not one of them), Silverman seems to lean toward an infection made worse by exposure.

In Midnight Dreary, Walsh gives a very good account of the various theories of his death that other biographers have presented about Poe. He notes how nineteenth-century biographies tended to skirt the truth of Poe's life, and he suggests that a few scholars, such as J. R. Thompson who seems to have invented the "cooping" theory, invented causes for Poe's death in order to shield the murderers. There are not only theories about Poe's death but a multitude of...

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