There are several theories about the cause of his death. Some think the poet was killed; others blame alcohol, rabies or the flu. It’s not likely there will ever be a definitive answer to the mystery, which is somewhat fitting for the man widely credited with inventing the detective story.
Check out our virtual tour of the Poe Museum, in Richmond, here.
IMAGE: A promissory note from the ever-indebted Poe to Daniel S. Mosby and Company, 1826 (University of Virginia)