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The famous creepy portrait depicting Edgar Allan Poe as a baggy-eyed weirdo was far from what he really looked like

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The famous creepy portrait depicting Poe as a baggy-eyed weirdo was far from what he really looked like. Actually, he was a very athletic and handsome universal sportsman, holding a record for swimming six miles up the tidal James River in Virginia.

Written in 1841, his “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” short story has been considered the first modern detective story. Mr. Dupin, the fictional detective of the story, has served as a model for many subsequent fictional detectives including Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot.

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