Thursday, October 21, 2010

"Tell-Tale Heart" and Other Great Tales and Poems

If you enjoy detective stories, tales of horror, and mysteries, thank Edgar Allan Poe. Alfred Hitchcock, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen King, and Jules Verne were inspired by Poe's dark tales of world puzzles. Did you know that Poe invented the detective-fiction genre and contributed to science-fiction genre?
He continues to be a cause of a tragic, but fascinated life and mysterious death. There are several theories on how he died including: epilepsy, rabies, alcohol, and even voter fraud.
Halloween is almost here and get all of us pumped up for a night of ghosting tricks and glory treats the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), in partnership with Broward County Library (BCL), is dedicating this month's Big Read event to the master of horror, Edgar Allan Poe.

"On October 3, 1849, Poe was found on the streets of Baltimore delirious, "in great distress, and... in need of immediate assistance", according to the man who found him, Joseph W. Walker. He was taken to the Washington College Hospital, where he died on Sunday, October 7, 1849, at 5:00 in the morning. Poe was never coherent long enough to explain how he came to be in his dire condition, and, oddly, was wearing clothes that were not his own. Poe is said to have repeatedly called out the name "Reynolds" on the night before his death, though it is unclear to whom he was referring. Some sources say Poe's final words were "Lord helps my poor soul."All medical records, including his death certificate, have been lost. Newspapers at the time reported Poe's death as "congestion of the brain" or "cerebral inflammation", common for deaths from disreputable causes such as alcoholism. The actual cause of death remains a mystery."

Did I said that he passed away in the age of 40.?!! Why in Baltimore? He departed to New York.

No comments: