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Edgar Allan Poe: 1843
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Sullivan's Island, North Carolina

Henry Beck Hirst, a long-time friend of Edgar Allan Poe, published a biographical notice of Poe in the 4 March 1843 edition of the Philadelphia paper Saturday Museum. Full of erroneous information that was presumably provided by Poe, this biography was nonetheless important in the initial establishment of Poe’s public image.

In July 1843, Poe signed a form registering himself as a student of law, with Herny Beck Hirst as his legal preceptor.


Grave of Henry Beck Hirst, Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [18 June 1954]



Edgar Allan Poe is said to have written the story “The Gold Bug” on Hampton Plantation, located northeast of Charleston, South Carolina. The story was later published in two installments in the 21 and 28 June 1843 edition of the Philadelphia Dollar Newspaper. It was the most popular story by Poe during his lifetime.

The protagonist of "The Gold Bug" is a cryptographer, William Legrand, who lives on Sullivan Island in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina.


Hampton Plantation near Georgetown, South Carolina [15 August 1958]


Sullivan's Island, South Carolina [15 August 1958]


Sullivan's Island Marker, Sullivan's Island, South Carolina [5 November 1960]


Poe Avenue Marker, Sullivan's Island, South Carolina [8 August 1958]


Gold Bug Cottage and sign, Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina [11 August 1958]


Beach at north end of Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina [14 August 1958]


Inland Waterway at north part of Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina [15 August 1958]


Live Oak near Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina [10 December 1955]

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