Thursday, January 19, 2012

January 19, 1809: That remarkable Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allen Poe

Poe coincidences
There are few persons, even among the calmest thinkers, who have not occasionally been startled into a vague yet thrilling half-credence in the supernatural, by coincidences of so seemingly marvellous a character that, as mere coincidences, the intellect has been unable to receive them.
Edgar Allan Poe
October 28, 1884: The Times of London reported that in a life boat on the open sea, a cabin boy named Richard Parker had been cannibalised by the three surviving crew members of the wrecked yawl Mignonette. In 1838, Edgar Allan Poe had published a story called The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym which told of a parallel set of circumstances to the Mignonette's misfortune, in which a sailor was also eaten. His name was Richard Parker. 


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