So I was reading last night and came across the short story the black cat by Edgar Allen Poe. The app I use has mostly older books that are public domain and sometimes there is a preface or a note from the editor. I began reading the story thinking that I was reading an introduction to the story by Poe. I began to think about what a terrible wretch the man must be! Gouge out a cats eye and the hang the poor Kitty on a tree?? What a psycho. It wasn't until I got to the part where the character murders his wife that it clicked oooh this is the story lol. Figured that was a heck of an introduction lol. It made me think though, what types of similarities there actually we're between his character and himself. In it the character is an obvious drunk and Poe himself died due to complications stemming from alcohal. Anyone to have met such a tragic fate would no doubt have been drunk quite a bit and alcoholics carry traits that are far from ideal. Lines like these, "through the instrumentality of the Fiend Intemperance -- had (I blush to confess it) experienced a radical alteration for the worse. I grew, day by day, more moody, more irritable, more regardless of the feelings of others. I suffered myself to use intemperate language to my wife." Describing basically moody, intolerable drunken behavior. "But my disease grew upon me -- for what disease is like Alcohol ! -- and at length even Pluto, who was now becoming old, and consequently somewhat peevish -- even Pluto began to experience the effects of my ill temper." His affliction growing. _ Though the story is just a story it made me reflect on the type of person Poe really was. I shudder to think of him harming or killing innocent animals, or being abusive to his wife. As far as I know there is no evidence he did anything of the kind. It's just kind of disheartening though that he was basically a drunk and being someone who used to consume copious amounts of alcohol for many years I can only imagine the sort of things the demon of booze had had him doing. Regardless he will always be a staple of American literature and his verse and stories, though not everyones' cup of coffee, have influenced and fascinated countless readers.