Happy Birthday, Edgar Allan Poe!

Happy birthday to Edgar Allan Poe, born OTD in 1809 in Boston, MA. Here’s a short bibliography of secondary works on law and literature in Poe.


Cleman, John, Irresistible Impulses: Edgar Allan Poe and the Insanity Defense, 63 American Literature 623-640 (Dec. 1991).

Davis, Richard Beale, Poe and William Wirt, 16 American Literature 212-220 (Nov. 1944).

Sheley, Erin L., and Zvi S. Rosen, The Purloined Debtor: Edgar Allan Poe’s Bankruptcy in Law and Letters, 34 Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities 433 (2023).

Wall, Brian, Narrative Purpose and Legal Logic in “The Tell-Tale Heart,” 14(2) The Edgar Allan Poe Review 129-143 (2013).