The Plot Thickens …


(This post is not about photography, but it’s interesting to me anyway as the notion of historical vertigo appeals to me)

The New York Observer has an interesting article about a new theory regarding the death of Edgar Allan Poe., which I found quite by accident browsing Arts and Letters Daily.

Interesting for a couple of reasons.

This new evidence has come to light some 158 years after the event using a combination of modern medical science and contemporary observation. The originator of the theory, Matthew Pearl, who happens to be the author of The Poe Shadow, a book dealing with the storied author’s death, noticed something odd about descriptions of Poe’s body many years after his death, and took his thoughts to a coroner. Said coroner expressed an opinion, and lo: a theory is born.

I find this fascinating because I am also researching an ancestor for a project quite unrelated to photography, and I mean to take some theories of mine to a psychologist.

Interesting also because I happen to have begun reading The Poe Shadow this morning.

I think that serendipity is an important ingredient to any creative endeavour…


About lidlesseye

Mouthing off about photography, and occasionally important things too.

Posted on October 21, 2007, in Literature and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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