Edgar Allen Poe. They Went Broke Too!

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allen Poe was one of America’s most famous writers.  He was also one of the first American writers to attempt to support himself through his writing alone.

With no real international copyright protection in the early to mid 1800’s, Poe found himself in financial trouble and in 1842 filed for bankruptcy.

The bankruptcy was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Poe Bankruptcy Cover Sheet

Poe Bankruptcy Cover Sheet

Poe’s bankruptcy declared that he was “possessed of no Property, real, personal or mixed, beyond his wearing apparel, and a few printed sheets, of no use to any one else, and of no value to anyone.”

Poe Bankruptcy Schedule B

Poe Bankruptcy Schedule B

Schedule A , a detailed list of debts, showing the names of creditors, their addresses, the nature of the debts, and the amounts owed. The amounts ranged from $4.00 to $169.10.

Poe Bankruptcy Schedule A

Poe Bankruptcy Schedule A

About Kevin Gipson, Attorney at Law

I am an attorney licensed in all State and Federal Courts in Louisiana. I practice in the Greater New Orleans Area and work with Consumers to help them with their debt problems. My primary areas of practice are Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy and Student Loan Law.
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