Radio Script on the mysterious death of Edgar Allan Poe
By Hannah Bradfield
On October the 3th, 1849, Edgar Allan Poe was discovered lying, semiconscious on the streets of Baltimore, delirious, confused and just moments away from death. To this day the cause of Poe’s death remains a mystery, so oin me, Hannah Bradfield as we journey inside Poe’s last few days on earth and try to determine the cause of his untimely death.
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In early 1849, just two years after the death of his beloved first wife, Virginia Clemm, Poe proposed to Sarah Elmira Royster who lived in New York. On September 27th of that same year, [ Sound of horses hooves play until the end of the word ‘arrived ] Poe left Virginia to venture to New York to visit his beloved Sarah. Bizarrely, Poe never arrived.
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6 days later on October 3rd, Poe was found lying semiconscious on the streets of Baltimore. Local barkeep Joseph W Walker discovered him and upon recognizing him, immediately contacted a known friend of Poe, Dr. J E Snodgrass.
Actor playing Joseph W Walker – Middle aged American Gentleman
Dear Sir—There is a gentleman, rather the worse for wear, at Ryan's 4th ward polls, who goes under the cognomen of Edgar A. Poe, and who appears in great distress, & he says he is acquainted with you, and I assure you, he is in need of immediate assistance. Yours, in haste, Jos. W. Walker.
Snodgrass immediately made his was to the famous Authors side, upon seeing him he was taken aback by his friends attire.
Actor playing Dr. J E Snodgrass – American Gentleman in his 60’s
My God is he wearing, I’ve never seen Edgar in such rags. You were right Joseph, this man is in immediate need of medical assistance, arrange transportation to Washington College Hospital forthwith
Upon arriving at the hospital, Poe was confined...