This is back from late January, but I kept forgetting to post it. - DG

Portrait shows morbid Poe in more flattering terms

Edgar Allan Poe's fertile imagination has endured for more than 150 years _ and so has his pale, death-haunted image, with his sunken eyes, a trim mustache and unruly mop of curly hair.

However, scholars say Poe looked far more vigorous, perhaps even dashing, in his earlier years than he does in the well-known series of daguerreotypes taken in the final years of his life.

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