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Edgar Allan Poe in South Carolina

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Edgar Allan Poe was stationed at Fort Moultrie in 1827 and 1828 under the assumed name of Edgar Perry. While there, Poe was gathering material for the first detective stories in the English language, including The Goldbug, which was set on Sullivan’s Island. He also created the first American detective—C. Auguste Dupin, who was the model for Sherlock Holmes and other modern detectives. The time he spent in South Carolina had a major impact on his literary career, and Charlestonians are certain that the ghost of Annabel Lee still wanders in a downtown cemetery. (Presentation lasts 35 to 45 minutes and includes a PowerPoint; a screen or blank wall will be needed.)

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Patricia McNeely

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