When I was a young adult between 17-20ish (yeah, THOSE years) I used to hang out in a little park on the Grand Concourse called Poe Park with my friends. Hmm. There was a little white cottage at the end, by Kingsbridge Road and the Grand Concourse and all I knew was that it was a landmark of some sort. It wasn’t until I did research for this challenge that I learned it was where Poe lived out most of his last days. Who knew? I probably should have; the park’s name ALONE was my first clue. Gawd I was a hot mess back in the day.
Anyway, sometime after 1846, he and his wife Virginia (also his cousin) moved there. Virginia passed away there on January 30, 1847 from what we now know was tuberculosis.
Even though he spent the last years of his life at the cottage, he was found disoriented on the streets of Baltimore, Maryland on October 3, 1849 and died October 7, 1849 at Washington Medical College at 5:00 in the morning.
Did you know that the following people were born in the Bronx?
- Elliott, Ross – Actor
- Evans, Tiffany – Actress
- Ephron, Henry – Playwright, Screenwriter, Film Producer, Writer
Not too many ending with E that I could find.
So, are you as surprised as I am that EAP spent his final years in my hometown? Can you believe I was actually that clueless?
Indeed, there is an eloquence in true enthusiasm that is not to be doubted. – Edgar Allan Poe