Midnight Dreary

The Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe

John Evangelist Walsh

Palgrave Macmillan Trade

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While traveling alone from Richmond, Virginia, to New York City, Poe disappeared for nearly a week. When seen again he was terribly drunk and nearly dead in Baltimore. In the hospital, four days later, after periods of raving delirium, he died. The immediate cause of death given was "congestion of the brain." At first no one seriously doubted that Poe died from drunken debauchery. However, Poe adherents suggested many theories of a physical nature about precipitating causes but no one has seroiusly probed the mystery of the missing week . . . until now.

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“A ripping, gripping investigation...an utterly engaging and original work of detection.” —Kirkus Reviews

“An engrossing account of what remains a strange and puzzling episode in America's literary history.” —Parade

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John Evangelist Walsh

John Evangelist Walsh is the author of more than a dozen books of history and biography, includingDarkling I Listen: The Last Days and Death of John Keats.

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Midnight Dreary
The Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe
John Evangelist Walsh

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
Palgrave Macmillan Trade
May 2000
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312227326
ISBN10: 0312227329
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 180 pages, Plus one 8-page black-and-white photograph insert
$16.00
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