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Edgar Allan Poe and King Ludwig II portrait

In 1882 the American journalist and writer Lew Vanderpoole requested an audience of King Ludwig II of Bavaria (1845-1886), because he needed the king’s help for the settlement of a complicated heritage. The interview was business-like, until King Ludwig noticed […]

Edgar Allan Poe and King Ludwig II portrait

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In 1882 the American journalist and writer Lew Vanderpoole requested an audience of King Ludwig II of Bavaria (1845-1886), because he needed the king’s help for the settlement of a complicated heritage. The interview was business-like, until King Ludwig noticed […]

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Saturday Night Live’s legacy: Beyond the laughs

 The cast of SNL's 41st season (NBC) In a nation as huge, diverse and easily distracted as ours, few things can unite and entertain us like TV. And few programs

Vincent van Gogh and the ‘Roderick Usher’ Syndrome

In a recent article it was argued that Edgar Allan Poe and his wife Virginia suffered from chronic poisoning by illuminating gas, when they lived in New York City

Edgar Allan Poe’s vehement year in New York: Was he poisoned?

During his life Edgar Allan Poe lived twice in New York City. The second time, from April 1844 till May 1846, brought him great successes, but also many problems

Edgar Allan Poe: London’s claim on Baltimore’s greatest poet

Stoke Newington - Old Rectory (Public Domain) During Edgar Allan Poe’s bicentennial in 2009, a great debate raged between partisans in Boston, Philadelphia, and Baltimore over which city had the

Edgar Allan Poe and his mysterious writings    

Editor's Note: This essay first appeared on MysteriousWritings.com. It is published with permission. The American poet and writer Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) is the most influential writer in modern literature. Since

Big Pharma: The business of curing what ails you (Part 2)

*Author’s Note: I wrote this for a Sociology class at WSU, but found the issues are still relevant. Furthermore, all of the complaints, regulations and legalities regarding marijuana, tobacco

Big Pharma: Creating what ails you (Part 1)

*Author’s Note: I wrote this for a Sociology class at WSU, but found the issues are still relevant. Furthermore, all of the complaints, regulations and legalities regarding marijuana, tobacco

Overweight and desperate? Check out your grandmother’s life

During the harsh winter of 1944-1945 a large part of the German-occupied Netherlands suffered from severe shortages of food and fuel. (LiberationRoute.com) If a pregnant woman experiences severe food shortages

Edgar Allan Poe and Isolationism: His mysterious years in New York

After leaving Richmond in 1837, Edgar Allan Poe moved to New York City to pursue a position in journalism. Little is known about this period in Poe’s life. He

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