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Posted by Gimwinkle on Tuesday, October 23 2018 at 0:55:02PM

Virginia Eliza Clemm... Poe

Yup. Edgar Poe's wife.

Along with other family members, Virginia Clemm and Edgar Allan Poe lived together off and on for several years before their marriage.

Okay... Then...

The couple were first cousins and publicly married when Virginia Clemm was 13 and Poe was 27.

Though their marriage was loving, some biographers suggest they viewed one another more like a brother and sister.

Yeah. Right.

The disease and eventual death of his wife had a substantial effect on Edgar Allan Poe, who became despondent and turned to alcohol to cope. Her struggles with illness and death are believed to have affected his poetry and prose, where dying young women appear as a frequent motif, as in "Annabel Lee", "The Raven", and "Ligeia".

Virginia and Edgar had been married for 11 years when he lost her. She was 24.

Why, may I ask the court, is it now illegal to be involved and/or married to a 13 year old? (And please don't just say because it's illegal. The question is "why".)

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