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In 1836, Edgar Allan Poe married his 13 year old FIRST COUSIN on this date.

EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!

I may be my own fourth cousin, but really, I think this tops it!

Cradle Robber!

She died of tuberculosis eleven years later.

The Blushing Bride

The only  image of Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe known to exist is this watercolor portrait painted several hours after her death.

Much of Poe’s writing is believed to be inspired by her life, illnesses, and early death.  A dying  young woman is the motif of “Annabel Lee”, “The Raven”, and “Ligeia”.

Well, I suppose inspiration can come from anywhere.

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