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'A Terrible Evil': Edgar Allan Poe Writes About His Wife's Illness and Death

May 24, 2013

"In a passage buried deep in this long letter full of business chatter and gossip, Edgar Allan Poe recounts the story of his wife Virginia's 1847 death from tuberculosis and describes his own desperate reaction" - and reveals some insight into his own use of alcohol. Slate 05/23/13

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