On this day as today, on January 19, 1809, he was born Edgar Allan Poe, one of the universal masters of the short story of terror. His death, however, continues to be a great mystery today, since it is unknown whether it was a murder, an attempted suicide or simply ... a misfortune of fate.
On October 3, 1849, Joseph W. Walker, a young journalist, he found Poe in a ditch of Baltimore thrown half unconscious and with someone else's clothes. The writer, who left Richmond five days before on his way to Philadelphia, never explained how he had ended up lying there, so it is unknown if someone set a trap or it was simply an accident.
There are numerous theories about his death. Some assure that it was a murder, others blame alcohol and there are even those who claim that he contracted rabies. Still, despite multiple assumptions, it seems that his death will be a mystery forever, something totally appropriate for a lover of dark detective stories like him.
On the 207th anniversary of his birth, we compile 10 of his great phrases:
- "More sane is he who accepts his own madness"
- "Everything we see or see is only a dream within a dream"
- "Gray hair is the archives of the past"
- "Those who dream by day are aware of many things that escape those who dream only at night"
- "Death is taken with courage and then invited to a drink"
- "I have no faith in human perfection, man is now more active, not happier, more intelligent, than he was 6000 years ago"
- "The death of a beautiful woman is, without doubt, the most poetic subject in the world"
- "Happiness is not in science, but in the acquisition of science"
- "The only way to keep man's freedom is to always be willing to die for her"
- "Nothing scares me the danger, but if the ultimate consequence: terror"