American Masters

The Deaths of the Women in Poe's Life

Clip: Season 31 Episode 8 | 1m 53s

Throughout his life, Edgar Allan Poe lost the women he loved, including his mother, adoptive mother and wife, many to tuberculosis. Their absence played a huge role in his writing. According to Poe, who often focused on death and loss in his works, "the death, then, of a beautiful woman is unquestionably the most poetical topic in the world."

Aired: 10/30/17

Rating: NR

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