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    10 Surprising Facts About Edgar Allan Poe

    The man wasn't all madness and premature burials. An exhibit at the Morgan Library & Museum explores the writer's life and widespread literary influence.

    1. Edgar Allan Poe's stories of an aristocratic French detective, C. Auguste Dupin, served as a model for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes.

    2. Poe sat for this daguerreotype four days after he attempted suicide.

    3. He wrote that the daguerreotype was "perhaps the most extraordinary triumph of modern science."

    4. Poe wrote one of his short stories on a 22-foot-long scroll made of little pieces of paper attached by sealing wax.

    5. Humbert Humbert's lost childhood sweetheart in Lolita, Annabel Leigh, is named for Poe's "Annabel Lee."

    6. Virginia Poe married the writer, also her first cousin, when she was 13 and he was 27.

    7. Oscar Wilde called Poe a "lord of romance."

    8. Charles Baudelaire was a great admirer of Poe's work and spent years translating it into French.

    9. Joyce Carol Oates wrote her short story "The Fabled Light-House at Viña del Mar" in the style of the macabre man.

    10. The first thing Poe published was a pamphlet of poems. Most of the poems were written when he was 14.