Edgar Allan Poe died on October 7, 1849, and no one knows how. But a much more important mystery surrounds Poe’s life and his works.
What most people think they know is way off the mark. Here’s a quiz designed to spark your interest in discovering the real Poe.
Select True or False:
1. Poe was an opium addict.
2. Poe was an alcoholic.
3. Poe’s literary executor maliciously forged letters from him.
4. “Annabel Lee” is based on a true incident involving one of Poe’s rivals.
5. Poe once published a totally fabricated story about a transatlantic balloon trip as news.
6. The first eleven stories Poe wrote were meant as parodies, but almost everyone took them seriously.
7. Poe invented the phrases, “A mere bagatelle” and “Believe nothing you hear and only half of what you see.”
8. Poe sparked a literary debate by attacking Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and kept the debate going by anonymously publishing articles that attacked his own position.
9. T.S. Eliot said that Poe had “the intellect of a highly gifted young person before puberty.”
10. Experts believe that “The Fall of the House of Usher” is a hoax.