Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Who Was That?

Who was the clever fellow in the picture who feared being buried alive so badly he insisted upon installing a string attached to a bell outside his casket just in case he...umm...woke up?

It was Edgar Allan Poe. Zach was right!

Poe (January 19, 1809October 7, 1849) was an American poet, short story writer, playwright, editor, critic, essayist and one of the leaders of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of the macabre and mystery, Poe was one of the early American practitioners of the short story and a progenitor of detective fiction and crime fiction. He is also credited with contributing to the emergent science fiction genre.[1] Poe died at the age of 40. The cause of his death is undetermined and has been attributed to alcohol, drugs, cholera, rabies, suicide (although likely to be mistaken with his suicide attempt in the previous year), tuberculosis, heart disease, brain congestion and other agents. (From Wikipedia)

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