The Loves and Death of Edgar Allan Poe.

Edgar Allan Poe, considered one of the greatest literary figures in United States history, died under mysterious circumstances at the age of 40. He was found drunk and in ill-fitting clothes on the streets of Baltimore, Maryland. He died a few days later. The History Guy remembers the great loves of Poe's life and his contribution to the literary world, especially his poetry.

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  • In the episode I say that Poe’s brother and sister were also taken in by the Allans. That is incorrect. The three children all went to different families. I apologize for the error.

    The History Guy: History Deserves to Be RememberedThe History Guy: History Deserves to Be Remembered2 жилийн өмнө
    • No problem. The same thing happened to my Mom, her sister and little brother when their Mother had a heart attack in 1929. All of the older children were sent to the mines to work in Western Pennsylvania. The three little ones were put in Mercer County Orphanage, Mercer, PA. The mystery remains that the keep for the children were paid for by a rich oil tycoon (so the story goes) until the sister, Alice, who lived in Ohio came and "took in the children" leaving the little boy (age 3) in the orphanage until he was adopted by another family. We have no clue now on how children were treated. My Mom and her sister were loving and caring women. The two sisters were re-united with the little brother when he was 18 years old on his way into the US Army. He was one of the first Rangers that went behind enemy lines (France) during WW2. He was dropped into the countryside with a group of men just like him. All in this group were killed, but my Uncle came back with the German Shepherd dog. It amazes me the brave and courageous men and women that gave their lives for the morons killing our men & women in blue today. Wouldn't it be nice if everybody learned about American History? I will admit that he was fiesty and would rip your eyeballs right out of your head if you were going to hurt somebody he loved. He was with 82nd Airborne and 101st Airborne. I loved him dearly. He and my Aunt helped my family get our home. My Mom and Aunt never spoke about their childhood. My Aunt was more likely to tell you everything she knew, but it was too painful for my Mom. I guess Edgar Allan Poe had alot to write about!! Good & bad.

      Linda HHLinda HH8 сарын өмнө
    • @pan af When I was young over fifty years ago I was fortunate to see the Poe's room off of the lawn in front of The Rotunda at the University of Virginia. At least back then it was not in use. I just found this on wikipedia: In the year of Jefferson's death, poet Edgar Allan Poe enrolled at the university, where he excelled in Latin. The Raven Society, an organization named after Poe's most famous poem, continues to maintain 13 West Range, the room Poe inhabited during the single semester he attended the university.

      higgme1sterhiggme1ster8 сарын өмнө
    • @John Marcinko Amontillado.

      Rick KennettRick Kennett8 сарын өмнө
    • I suspect there is a poetry lover residing at the History Guys domicile, your presentation of Poe, Kipling, et al are NOT flat and wooden but lyrical and moving! Thank you.

      Daniel HammondDaniel Hammond9 сарын өмнө
    • Let us go to his grave and pour a libation of brandy there...figuratively, of course...

      John MarcinkoJohn MarcinkoЖилийн өмнө
  • Can we get an Edger Allen Poe biopic please! Walter coggins would be perfect!

    45 pewterpirate45 pewterpirateСарын өмнө
  • Are you A Dem

    John DodgeJohn DodgeСарын өмнө
  • Oooo you reading Poe was a treat The History Guy

    BaldwinBaldwin2 сарын өмнө

    Alf MessinaAlf Messina5 сарын өмнө
  • I lived down the street from a house poe rented for a short time in Salem MA. I think how it was back then. Walking on the same streets he did

    Sherry ScSherry Sc5 сарын өмнө
  • Google "put a poe on it."

    Toughen Up, FluffyToughen Up, Fluffy6 сарын өмнө
  • That dang bird stole muh pocketwatch!

    Toughen Up, FluffyToughen Up, Fluffy6 сарын өмнө
  • please don't try and perform that on stage... eggs may be thrown

    ez2u1ez2u16 сарын өмнө
  • Can someone tell me who were Poe’s three wives? And how did they die?

    Roni MoniqueRoni Monique7 сарын өмнө
  • Nevermore!

    Roger HuberRoger Huber7 сарын өмнө
  • Poe has been my favorite poet since I could read poetry. I’ve read everything he’s done ( I think). History I have read about him seems to say he was smoking opium. I’m surprised the history guy said nothing about it. Even to discredit it. Now I wonder if the history I’ve learned was true because I believe THG.

    Eric MeltoEric Melto7 сарын өмнө
  • I remember as it were yesterday being 10 yrs old and in the sixth grade reading The Raven for the very first time. Instantly I found my favorite author. While doing research on Poe for a school report i remember feeling so sad for the harsh land relatively short life he lived. I also remember that as a class we read and discussed The Raven along with The Cask of Amontillado, with so much enthusiasm that was some good scary/suspenseful reading. That was a very good year for me. It's a shame if kids today aren't exposed to such fine works.Thank You History Guy and of course Mr. Edgar Allan Poe.

    S. DiazS. Diaz7 сарын өмнө
  • And it starts with a Jump Scare. Well played

    River FunsiesRiver Funsies8 сарын өмнө
  • Ah, the Divine Edgar! We shall remember thee.

    IATSE Channel 52IATSE Channel 528 сарын өмнө
  • Yet another interesting video, thank you. There seems to be a strong link between writers and alcohol, not always of course. Writing is a lonely profession, maybe that accounts for it.

    majordendrocoposmajordendrocopos8 сарын өмнө
  • Favorite story - The Gold Bug.

    Ned MerrillNed Merrill8 сарын өмнө
  • When you drive up W. Fayette St. in (Oh) pass the church..and the Cemetery is right by the can see Poe's grave-headstone from your car.. I've heard that in October (date?) someone leaves a rose (color ? ) on his tombstone. I always thought he went to a West Point a Academy in Virginia ?

    Vee VendettaVee Vendetta8 сарын өмнө
  • My sister and I were born 3 years apart and both put up for adoption. 57 years later we found each other. We also discovered that our birth name was Poe. Edgar is a distant cousin.

    Don WilbanksDon Wilbanks8 сарын өмнө
  • Betsy Ross Elementary School #68 has a little boy student wanting to hear about the pennies. And more than half a century later "what about the pennies?" for surely it isn't lore, as one added, my index fingerprint it bore.

    jguy fletchjguy fletch8 сарын өмнө
  • on a rerun of mysteries of the museum it was suggested that a possibly for poes death was from rabies, possibly from a cat which i understand he liked.

    david altmandavid altman8 сарын өмнө
  • That almost reduced me to tears, what a story.

    Sean WorkmanSean Workman8 сарын өмнө
  • Bummer that you didn't mention that Poe is the Father of Science Fiction. He wrote many stories with fantastical ideas behind them, and was specifically credited by Jules Verne as the writer who had turned him onto such topics.

    Peter PaynePeter Payne9 сарын өмнө
  • Funny Grizwald who is that! 😆

    Dennis Kennedy Jr.Dennis Kennedy Jr.9 сарын өмнө
  • What about the annual secret delivery of , I think, a rose and a bottle of brandy to his grave on the anniversary of his death?

    Timothy DingmanTimothy Dingman9 сарын өмнө
  • (DTs) "is a terrifying way to die, especially for those witnessing it." Oh really? So they die too? Mr. Editor please do your job.

    Samson wilkinsonSamson wilkinson9 сарын өмнө
  • Edgar Allan Poe was a sociopath and a literary imposter. He falsely claimed to have written "The Raven," and the reason he never published "Annabel Lee" in his lifetime is that, despite having a copy since 1842 or early 1843, he probably had been threatened by the author that if he ever published *that* one, he'd be exposed. I will explain the whole story in detail in the summer edition of "Real Paranormal Magazine."

    ssake1ssake19 сарын өмнө
  • Annabelle Lee! What a powerful love testimony-

    Trish BirchardTrish Birchard9 сарын өмнө
  • One of our best, HG....a wee tear in my eye at your conclusion... You've earned a new bow tie.

    Tee CarTee Car9 сарын өмнө
  • "His pay was not commiserate with his results"... you mean "commensurate".

    Michael CoxMichael Cox9 сарын өмнө
  • While a Cadet at the US Coast Guard Academy, I heard the "Service Academy Lore" that in order to get himself thrown out of West Point he attended drill when the uniform for the drill called forn rifles and bayonets wearing ONLY his bayonet (presumably hanging from his belt) and carrying his rifle. Maybe a West Pointer has closer lore/facts to back up that tale. Keep at it!

    Mark ByrumMark Byrum9 сарын өмнө
  • A lovely tribute to Mr. Poe. Well done.

    Jeffrey CollierJeffrey Collier9 сарын өмнө
  • You, sir, are no Vincent Price!

    Magnifico GiganticusMagnifico Giganticus9 сарын өмнө
  • I went to Edgar Allen Poe elementary school, at nap time, our teacher would read his stories 😳. I'm 57, it's my clearest memory of kindergarten.

    Christine KilpatrickChristine Kilpatrick10 сарын өмнө
  • I’ve always wondered if for Elmira, he tried desperately to quit drinking. That Annabel Lee was a tribute to her and possibly a declaration to the world of his love for her. That perhaps love inadvertently ended his earthly life.

    Illumi NaughtyIllumi Naughty10 сарын өмнө
    • Jeannie Seibert At least Romeo and Juliet made choices and weren’t real. If Edgar and Elmira truly did lose each other this way, Poe wrote his most tragic and moving work, in silence. 😭 I CAN’T BEAR IT! I’m starting a Super Secret Squirrel group to toast him every year and honor the poor man. You’re the first invitee should you accept. The rules: midnight reading of Annabel Lee followed by a toast to true love, on the anniversary of the day it was published. We will be known as The Poe-Poes. There has to be SOME levity!

      Illumi NaughtyIllumi Naughty10 сарын өмнө
  • A broken heart, drinking too much and depression. Still the same today and probably forever more.

    Randel SmithRandel Smith10 сарын өмнө
  • No, rabies.

    Gregory IrcinkGregory Ircink10 сарын өмнө
  • This just showed up on my playlist but I wanted to add something. I realize that you couldn't possibly cover every minutiae and detail of Mr. Poe's life and loves but I have a brief bit to add to the mix. The part of New England I grew up in and spent my young adulthood was one of the places Mr. Poe visited in his tours of New England. Lowell history repeatedly reports that he fell in love with a married woman who was a minor poet herself. Her husband was a Mill Corporation Co-owner and so they had to be careful, it didn't last. I once lived on the street this lady lived on and their house still stood. He also was a guest in Westford, Massachusetts, the town next to where I grew up.

    Van GogoVan Gogo10 сарын өмнө
  • well done !

    Dano ManDano Man11 сарын өмнө
  • .."..genius... frailties that accompany it.." 100% true. The most brilliant can get most things wrong and still be irrefutable.

    Praise No-thingPraise No-thing11 сарын өмнө
  • I cannot read a book without falling asleep however Edgar Allan Poe kept me awake every time. I have 2 thick books of his and a book from some college psych class

    Bob Cowles JrBob Cowles Jr11 сарын өмнө
  • Great vid, thanks alot.

    Phil OPhil O11 сарын өмнө
  • Suggested. The crater in Petersburg Va.

    Michael MorrisMichael Morris11 сарын өмнө
  • What I wouldn't give to be able to write something that could even approach the greatness of "The Black Cat".

    Brian MorrowBrian Morrow11 сарын өмнө
  • Oh, I saw this in my feed and jumped. My favorite MNthe Channel, AND one of my favorite authors. I have all Poe’s works in one large tome. Awesome. 😀

    KombatBardKombatBard11 сарын өмнө
  • Only History Guy could read the obituary quite so beautifully.

    B BarlowB Barlow11 сарын өмнө
  • I collect books. .Many from 1880s and 1900 - 1930. Some excellent writing. .

    Tommy. Bee. .Tommy. Bee. .11 сарын өмнө
  • I've always admired Poe's works. I used to live outside of Baltimore and went to see his grave. He is buried next to his wife, Virginia and his mother in law. There are many older graves, some from the Revolutionary War. There was the lady in black who placed a rose on his grave on the anniversary of his death. The news and admirers would stake out the grave during that night. It was great fun.

    Janine HarrisonJanine Harrison11 сарын өмнө
  • The best one yet , excellent work.

    kevan hartwigkevan hartwig11 сарын өмнө
  • Poe is the very soul of the pathos of the 19th century.

    Roger Scott CatheyRoger Scott Cathey11 сарын өмнө
  • I was surprised that you didn't mention theories that Poe had contracted rabies, perhaps even from one of his own cats, and that this was the cause of his delirium and death.

    Anne GoodreauAnne Goodreau11 сарын өмнө
  • In the time of Covid, your proximity makes me nervous. Who would have thought?

    sueanndisantosueanndisanto11 сарын өмнө
  • You need to tell the story of the rose and the bottle of cognac that was left on his grave for decades on his birthday. It was only in the 1990's I think that it was discovered who it was that was doing it.

    orionstarmanorionstarman11 сарын өмнө
  • "Cooping" votes? Must be democrats.

    FM 1959FM 195911 сарын өмнө
  • 🙏🏽♥️ thank you

    John BryantJohn Bryant11 сарын өмнө
  • He should have elected side saddle

    Martin DMartin D11 сарын өмнө
  • If they make a movie about him, kim coates need to play him for sure

    Jeff FrancisJeff Francis11 сарын өмнө
  • Thelocation of Poe’s death is in The Bronx,NY,on Grand concourse. I do,not know if there is any historical significance,only that I shot a brief documentary there,for A&Elong ago.

    Christopher SeivardChristopher Seivard11 сарын өмнө
  • @7:46 ...did he have a black eye or some disfigurement?

    Eugene CussenEugene Cussen11 сарын өмнө
  • What a beautiful obituary

    InnerPullInnerPull11 сарын өмнө
  • This was amazing! Thank you so much. I have always wanted to know the true Poe.

    corinne stevenscorinne stevens11 сарын өмнө
  • Awesome obituary !!

    Ron LawsonRon Lawson11 сарын өмнө
  • Have you done one on Augustus Saint-Gaudens? seems timely

    Andrew BenepeAndrew Benepe11 сарын өмнө
  • Sergeant major in the army

    Brandon ShawBrandon Shaw11 сарын өмнө
  • I'm from Baltimore and not a particular lover of poetry. I only relish the words of two poets.....Edgar Allan Poe and Robert service. True genius in those men.

    Roger HuberRoger Huber11 сарын өмнө
  • I didn’t know that he died so young....a very misunderstood man which most genius’s suffer for.

    Virus 1956Virus 195611 сарын өмнө
  • There's also the theory he died from rabies.... any research findings on this?

    Catheryn DentonCatheryn Denton11 сарын өмнө
  • Your programs about Poe and Kipling seemed way too short! Thank you for your work!😊

    Linda SnowLinda Snow11 сарын өмнө
  • No one is mentioning he married his 13 yr old cousin well I'm bout to tell everyone on social media and get him cancel cultured !!!!!

    Black IlluminatiBlack Illuminati11 сарын өмнө
  • I remain a fan of your episodes to the point that I’m afraid I’ll miss something. Thank you so much.

    frank applegatefrank applegate11 сарын өмнө
  • Amazing story

    jesse diazjesse diaz11 сарын өмнө
  • For the better part of my adult life I have made a living by taking the measure of a man. I know when someone is evil when someone's a liar a braggart, con man, a thief, a drug addict, a murderer. I also can judge a person on whether they have good intent and love in their heart. And you sir you are of the last

    brt 123brt 12311 сарын өмнө
  • The acting out at West Pointe consisted of when being told to show up in full military dress with saber and cross belt, he showed up in ONLY saber and cross belt for a parade.

    Sherry HutchisonSherry Hutchison11 сарын өмнө
  • Your presentations are superb!

    christopher waldropchristopher waldrop11 сарын өмнө
  • My x-wife was related to him. Her family had changed the spelling of their name to Pohe.

    Chris AndersonChris Anderson11 сарын өмнө
  • Obama is a traitor and is guilty of treason and seditious conspiracy to overthrow a duly elected president and members of that presidents staff.

    Bat BlastersonBat Blasterson11 сарын өмнө
    • I see you write fictional tales. Got any about "her emails? I love those!

      mike conleymike conley11 сарын өмнө
  • How many people remember reading the Cask of Amontelado By E Poe? In Canada we had to read it in public school back in the 50s, Goes to show u how far we slid down the educational scale,

    Klaus UhligKlaus Uhlig11 сарын өмнө
  • I've been listening to your history pod casts all day long. They're quite good. I do have 3 suggestions for you to do. 1. Jerrie Mock - 1st woman to fly around the world solo. Not Amelia Earhart. 2. Mary Katherine Campbell - the only woman to win Miss America twice and almost a third time. 3. Jesse Owens and his 1936 Olympic triumphs. Thanks and keep up the good work!

    Seanny DSeanny D11 сарын өмнө
  • Thank you for doing this video on Poe.

    Sonny OlsonSonny Olson11 сарын өмнө
  • Thanks for your always interesting snippets of history! I am researching a 12th great grandfather, George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham, who was a ‘fauvorite’ of King James 1 of England. Some amazing tales surrounding this relationship and I was wondering if you would consider doing a segment on him. I have just finished a book by Benjamin Woolley called “The King’s Assassin” which suggests that Villiers had a part in the death of the King.

    Rick EdmundRick EdmundЖилийн өмнө
  • Please don't try to recite poetry in the animated fashion you attempted at the start of this video. It was painful to watch, that's how bad it was. Really,, please don't.

  • Have passed by his room at the University of Virginia many, many times.

    Julie ChiJulie ChiЖилийн өмнө
  • Everyone is a poet, everyone is a critic! Just still back and enjoy the story from THG. He far more interesting then some of these blogs!

    scorpion19142001scorpion19142001Жилийн өмнө
  • Just an excellent piece! All the facts and details, and compilation thereof is one thing, but you are further gifted with just the right voice and tone to present these materials and their essence, feeling and intersection with the human experience. Many thanks for sharing these talents as well.

    kerry bockkerry bockЖилийн өмнө
  • I have just "discovered" your history monologues and have begun watching as time and circumstance permit. You have talent and I find your work most enjoyable. You seem well researched and have a pleasing delivery style. Please continue.

    Mark GariepyMark GariepyЖилийн өмнө
  • Poe continues to inspire people all over the world.

    Tim TravasosTim TravasosЖилийн өмнө
  • The Raven is by far my favourite poem it is so very good. Though perhaps my love of it comes from nostalgia from the Simpsons Treehouse of Horror special with the parody of the raven....

    Darth SawlexDarth SawlexЖилийн өмнө
  • I heard a few years ago, they now think he died from rabies.??

    rick hiltrick hiltЖилийн өмнө
  • for a short time E.A.POE was station at Ft Sumpter

    jim vickjim vickЖилийн өмнө
  • You perform a great service for the country. Thank you, sir, from a fellow lover of history.

    Michael BellowsMichael BellowsЖилийн өмнө
  • I can't believe how well people wrote in those days. Just listen to Poe's obit and how the no doubt junior writer mentioned the man's genius while evincing a knowing sympathy for his faults.

    D dicinD dicinЖилийн өмнө
  • I can recite the Raven whole heatedly and that is what love poetry

    Gabriel VoytekGabriel VoytekЖилийн өмнө

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  • My Daddy has been gone since 1991, at the age of 46. I have a few sweet memories that have stood the test of time. 1 being our mutual fondness of the poem "Annabel Lee". I liked it when I read it while school age. And then 1 day it came up in conversation, just he &I. And because my Daddy remembered it, caused me to cherish & memorize it with a new sweet delight. Your report on Mr Poe, is given not in envy or disdain, but a mutual respect. Thank you Sir!

    Rosalee RichRosalee RichЖилийн өмнө
  • Poe’s body was exhumed about twenty years ago and a DNA scratch was done. Poe died of rabies. He did not die of alcohol poisoning or from any altercation. Apparently Poe had several house cats, and likely contracted rabies from one or more of them. The Baltimore Sun published this information.

    Lorianne BartlettLorianne BartlettЖилийн өмнө
  • You need to do a story on what happened at Poe's grave for many years after and up until just a few years ago.

    orionstarmanorionstarmanЖилийн өмнө
  • I’ll write - I have discovered the but too brief historical snippets extremely interesting. My parents owned Sasby’s Island, outside of Petersburg, Alaska. If not an historical account (my brother, sister and I were often awakened by a ghost) might an account of SE Alaska be warranted? Thank you, John H.Rice

    John RiceJohn RiceЖилийн өмнө
  • Seems you said 18th century.. then mentioned a date in 1840s, in the 19th century.

    Mark GarinMark GarinЖилийн өмнө
  • The Daily Wig's obituary is stunningly poignant, and acutely accurate. Is there really a fine line between genius and madness? We may ask this question evermore.

    Bill D. in IowaBill D. in IowaЖилийн өмнө
  • All he needed was a motivational speaker, not alcohol. He should have turned to Christ. Thanks for the history.

    Marty McmannisMarty McmannisЖилийн өмнө