Poe apologizes for being drunk

I saw this on Danan’s status message. Desperate for money, he wrote to his publishers in 1842 to ask them to buy his article and apologized for drinking too much.

His birthday is on the anniversary of my mom’s death: January 19. Poe was an amazing writer of the macabre and as a big fan of dark and psychological fiction, I have a great deal of admiration for him.

The exhibit in celebration of his 200th birthday (of which the above letter is but one piece) is called “From Out That Shadow: the Life and Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe” and is at the Univ. of Virginia until August 1st, then at the U of Texas from September 8 – January 4, 2010. I think it’ll be worth a trip to see it.

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