Lenore, Part 1: Edgar’s Lover
In the library, Edgar’s lover, Lenore,
Serviced three dozen men on the floor
Like an assembly line
She’d do six at a time
To which, quoth the raven, “What a whore.”
Edgar Allan Poe’s wife was not named Lenore, nor is there evidence she was a whore. If there is any depraved dick-sucker in this tale, it’s Rufus Wilmot Griswold, who wrote slanderous allegations about Poe after his mysterious death. He claimed first-hand knowledge of Poe’s mental illness, promiscuity and opium addiction. The man was widely considered a vindictive, lying douche, but his work at sullying Poe’s name unfortunately bore poison fruit. The worst falsehoods he propagated have endured, taught as truths to subsequent generations, forever blighting, to some degree, Poe’s reputation for all time.