For the love of God, Sargeant Major!
November 11, 2018 7:24 AM Subscribe
In discussions of great American writers who were also military veterans, the name Edgar Allan Poe is unlikely to come up. Yet it should: the iconically doomed poet and inventor of the modern detective story served as a soldier for several of his formative years. Furthermore, in considering a life often marked by painful loss and failure, it might surprise many readers to learn Poe was something of a successful and motivated soldier—that is, until he wasn’t. Novelist (and veteran) Brian Van Reet writes on Edgar Allan Poe's brief career in the U.S. Army.
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