Edgar Allan Poe arrived in Charleston in November 1827 chased by storms, both literal and figurative. Youthful indiscretions had caused Poe to enlist in the U.S. Army six months earlier under the pseudonym Edgar A. Perry. The more than one year that Poe spent stationed at Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island has been shrouded in mystery for nearly two centuries, mostly because Poe himself deliberately tried to hide his stint in the army. But despite his deceptions, the influences and impressions of the Lowcountry permeated his life and writing, providing the setting for Poe’s most popular and widely read short story during his lifetime, “The Gold-Bug”, and perhaps providing the inspiration for the real Annabel Lee. Join the adventure and discover the hidden history of Poe in Charleston.

(The History Press, 2020. ISBN 9781467142021)

Edgar Allan Poe's Charleston

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