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.
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.