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Congrats to Edgar Allan Poe, and to Boston for arranging such a nice home coming.
Also thanks to Katherine Jihyun Kim, PhD, a true fan and “Poe Guy”.
President and founder of the “George Lippard Society”
Favorite Author Duane Swierczynski to speak at Free Library of Philadelphia (central ) Feb 26, 2015.
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James Dallas was the nephew of US Treasury Secretary Alexander J. Dallas)
and was the first cousin of the US Senator and vice president George M. Dallas.
His Father was related by marriage to Lord Byron and a friend of his,
Alexander compiled a book of recollections and correspondence with his father and Lord Byron.
My thanks and appreciation to Herb Moskowitz for this information, which I have re-posted to my WordPress Blog on George Lippard’s “Quaker City” blog. George Lippard was one of many Philadelphia authors and writers. George Lippard also raised money to give to Edgar A. Poe. Poe wrote a letter praising Lippards writing, and Lippard later printed the letter as if it were an endorsement of his writing style, which it obviously wasn’t. Poe unfortunately never learned how to manage his addiction to Alcohol and died suddenly in Baltimore as a result of Delirium. (Though many fans of Poe’s refuse to accept the obvious Alcoholism as a contributing cause of his death, they are so devoted, they would prefer to ‘deny’ that reality. A shame really!
A Melancholy List of Edgar Allan Poe’s Debts,
From His Bankruptcy Petition of 1842
The Vault is Slate‘s history blog.
Edgar Allan Poe filed for bankruptcy in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in December 1842, appending this list of creditors and debts to his petition. The writer, who supported a sick wife and a mother-in-law and lacked the backstop of family money, was constantly scraping for sufficient funds. This list shows just how extensive his array of debts was in the early 1840s.
Poe filed for bankruptcy under the short-lived federal Bankruptcy Act of 1841, which was meant to alleviate the financial strain of the Panic of 1837. The 1841 act opened the door to voluntary petitions of bankruptcy, and many Americans (both individuals and merchants) took advantage of it. Thirty-three thousand cases were filed under its auspices before it was repealed.
The Panic of 1837, instigated by a real estate bubble and worsened by instability in banking, affected Poe because the resulting climate caused many magazines to shut down. At the time, Poe was trying to support himself and his family as a writer, and commissions and positions were hard to come by.
Poe owed money to doctors for “medical attendance,” to any number of businesses for “book debt” (a standard term meaning “money owed a business for its goods or services”), to a music teacher, and to many individuals who had lent him money over the years. The creditors’ addresses are in Philadelphia, Richmond, and New York, reflecting the writer’s residencies over the past decade.
Poe’s petition was granted in January 1843.
I first spotted this document on the National Archives’ Today’s Document Tumblr, where you can see the rest of Poe’s petition.
Click on the image below to reach a zoomable version.
National Archives and Records Administration, Philadelphia.
Thanks Herb for forwarding this:
At Phila Free Library…an evening of Edgar A. Poe…
On Monday, October 20, 2014 1:20 PM, Herb Moskovitz <email@example.com> wrote:
AN EVENING OF EDGAR ALLAN POE
Information and Free Registration, Click here…
Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central, Room 108
1901 Vine St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)
An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe features dramatic recitations from memory of some of Edgar Allan Poe’s most well-known and loved works. The recitations are framed in the context of the author’s life, interspersed with readings from newspapers, letters, and observations of Poe’s contemporaries.
About the Presenter:
Anne Louise Williams is a historic interpreter certified with the National Association of Interpreters. Anne integrates her passion for history, literature and drama to perform literature in the context of the author’s life. She has portrayed Virginia Minor, recreating her testimony on suffrage before the U.S. Senate Committee. In 2011, Anne participated in a re-enactment of the testimonies in the infamous Lemp Divorce at the Old Court House in St. Louis, where the trial occurred in 1909. Anne will be performing at several other venues this fall, including the Poe Museum in Richmond, VA, the Poe Visitor Center in Fordham (Bronx), the Lyndhurst Castle in Tarrytown, NY, the Daniel Boone Home in Defiance, MO, and the Lemp Mansion in St. Louis, MO.