Edgar Allan Poe And Alcohol
Edgar Allan Poe, American poet, was seventeen years old when accepted into University of Virginia. First year he managed to gamble all his scholarship money. It was also reported that Edgar owed around $2500 to local gamblers. Gambling addiction led to alcoholism, which is still debated by many Poe's followers. However, it was reported by school systems that Edgar showed up in class drunk even during the examinations. The interesting fact is that Edgar Allan Poe finished with highest grades in his class and became best student of his generation. When he was 27 years old Poe married 13 year old Virginia Eliza Clemm. Some say that their relationship was more like that between brother and sister than like husband and wife. To all witnesses Poe loved his wife very dearly. He wrote several poems where he shows his love for her and the pain she had to go through when diagnosed with tuberculosis ("Annabel Lee"). Virginia did not survive this deadly disease and her monument is erected in Baltimore, Maryland.