The Strange Life (And Even Stranger Death) Of Edgar Allan Poe

Published January 19, 2016
Updated October 21, 2021

As these eerie Edgar Allan Poe facts reveal many elements of the gothic writer's life were just as mysterious and intriguing as his work.

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It's no wonder that Edgar Allan Poe wrote such sad stories; the guy lived a depressing life.

From his parents abandoning him to his wife's premature death to the mysterious end of his own life, bad luck seemed to follow him like a curse.

Even so, he managed to secure a lasting spot as one of the most iconic writers in history.

Almost everyone recognizes his name and can name at least one of his works, but we bet most people don't know these weird and fun facts about America's favorite pessimist.

Enjoy these Edgar Allan Poe facts? Next, read up on the history of immurement, the process of being sealed into a small room and left to die, as described in one of Poe's most famous stories. Then, take a look at these 15 lesser-known Kurt Vonnegut facts sure to fascinate any literature buff. Then, learn more about the incredible life of Edgar Allen Poe.

Erin Kelly
An All That’s Interesting writer since 2013, Erin Kelly focuses on historic places, natural wonders, environmental issues, and the world of science. Her work has also been featured in Smithsonian and she’s designed several book covers in her career as a graphic artist.