Edgar Allan Poe portrait photos

Edgar Allan Poe portrait photos
Poe in 1849...

The most famous photos of Poe, shown above and below were initially daguerrotypes taken in 1848 and 1849, the year before his death at the age of 40 from unknown causes. Do these photos tell us anything about Poe really?

Poe in 1848...

He looks best in this modern retouched version:

National Archives at College Park, Maryland

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