Friday, May 16, 2008

1836 Edgar Allan Poe marries his 13-year-old cousin Virginia.

Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe (born Virginia Eliza Clemm) (August 22, 1822 – January 30, 1847), was the wife of Edgar Allan Poe. The couple were first cousins and married when Virginia was only 13 and Poe was 27. Some biographers have suggested that the couple's relationship was more like that between brother and sister, and that they never consummated their marriage. Virginia struggled with tuberculosis from January 1842, and died of it in January 1847 at age 24.

Along with other family members, Poe and Virginia lived together off and on for several years before their marriage. The couple often moved to accommodate Poe's employment, living intermittently in Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York. A few years after their wedding, Poe was involved in a substantial scandal involving Frances Sargent Osgood and Elizabeth F. Ellet. These rumors about alleged amorous improprieties on her husband's part affected Virginia so much that on her deathbed she claimed that Ellet had murdered her.

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