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A mystery of mysteries : the death and life of Edgar Allan Poe / Mark Dawidziak.

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"A Mystery of Mysteries is a brilliant biography of Edgar Allan Poe that examines the renowned author's life through the prism of his mysterious death and its many possible causes. It is a moment shrouded in horror and mystery. Edgar Allan Poe died on October 7, 1849, at just forty, in a painful, utterly bizarre manner that would not have been out of place in one of his own tales of terror. What was the cause of his untimely death, and what happened to him during the three missing days before he was found, delirious and "in great distress" on the streets of Baltimore, wearing ill-fitting clothes that were not his own? Mystery and horror. Poe, who remains one of the most iconic of American writers, died under haunting circumstances that reflect the two literary genres he took to new heights. Over the years, there has been a staggering amount of speculation about the cause of death, from rabies and syphilis to suicide, alcoholism, and even murder. But many of these theories are formed on the basis of the caricature we have come to associate with Poe: the gloomy-eyed grandfather of Goth, hunched over a writing desk with a raven perched on one shoulder, drunkenly scribbling his chilling masterpieces. By debunking the myths of how he lived, we come closer to understanding the real Poe-and uncovering the truth behind his mysterious death, as a new theory emerges that could prove the cause of Poe's death was haunting him all his life. In a compelling dual-timeline narrative alternating between Poe's increasingly desperate last months and his brief but impactful life, Mark Dawidziak sheds new light on the enigmatic master of macabre"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781250792495
  • ISBN: 1250792495
  • Physical Description: x, 275 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2023.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject: Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849.
Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849 > Death and burial.
Authors, American > 19th century > Biography.
Genre: Biographies.

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  • 0 of 2 copies available at Lehigh Valley Library System.

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  • 2 current holds with 2 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Bethlehem Main Library B POE (Text) 33062009837999 New Adult Biography Checked Out 03/02/2024
Easton Main Library POE (Text) 31901004682003 Adult Biography Checked Out 02/23/2024


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