Friday, October 30, 2015
"The Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe." Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Oct. 2015. In this article, there was a theory that stated that Poe may have died from alcoholism. Edgar Allan Poe was, indeed, a heavy drinker at times in his life. It is believed that he kept drinking until the point of sclerosis to his liver. While he was drinking heavily, he had poor nutrition and a not so strong condition that brought him onto another illness, which could have caused him delirium tremens. A woman, Mrs. Susan A. T. Weiss, recalled a memory of Poe. She claimed that she saw him, and he was so pale and so tremulous. Poe was subdued and had told Susan that he had been seriously ill. Earlier that same day before Poe saw Mrs. Susan A. T. Weiss, he has been at a Tavern and carefully tended by another woman named Mrs. Mackenzie, who then told him that if he got drunk like this again, it could be fatal. Poe responded saying that if no one tempted him, he would not fall. It is believed that before Edgar Allan Poe had seen Susan, someone had actually tempted him to drink and he "fell." The author who wrote this article is saying what they think is the cause of Poe's death, and the author even added in actual recorded facts. I believe that this theory could potentially be accurate. It makes sense that Poe could have actually got drunk and became seriously ill. If the people/ person who actually tricked him into drinking, changed his clothing, then this theory may be true because he was found in different clothing than he was wearing when he was last seen.