The Life and Death Mystery of Edgar A. Poe

a solo portrait


Edgar A. Poe, 40, American poet, short story writer, essayist, lecturer.


Scene 1
Saturday evening, October 6, 1849
Hospital room in Washington Medical College, Baltimore

Scene 2
Tuesday morning, October 9, 1849
Poe’s cottage in Fordham, New York

Scene 3
a few days later
Poe’s cottage in Fordham, New York


The troubled spirit of Edgar A. Poe—America’s greatest Man of Letters, unofficial bard, inventor of the detective story, the horror story, and science fiction, explorer of the occult in literature—afraid history will be unkind to him, seeks answers to his life and death mysteries. Why did he dedicate his life to destroying himself? He finds the answer in his own poems and stories. How did he die? Answering this requires a trip to 1970s Baltimore, where he discovers his legacy lives on far better than he could ever have imagined. Knowing this allows him to pass peacefully to his Eternal Rest.

© 1997 by Michael J. Farrand