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EDGAR ALLAN POE has always been a notorious literary and historical figure. But it's come to light over the last decades that maybe he wasn't such a depressed and inebriated character as his legend has suggested; a legend which he often perpetuated to bolster his own mythical status while alive. Enjoy the article below that expounds on the real Poe, as well as the real-life origin of some of his greatest tales.
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"Regrettably, the focus on Poe as counter-culture hero, cautionary example of the dangers of substance abuse, and grandfather of Goth may have obscured the reality of this immensely talented and versatile author. This was true even during his lifetime when the controversial editor and critic appeared as a character in other authors’ novels, poems, and short stories, blurring the line between Poe’s legend and his real life. Poe actively promoted his own legend by spreading rumors that he had fought in the Greek War of Independence and was held prisoner in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Poe’s reputation has kept him in the public eye, but it has also obscured the true significance..."
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