|E. A. Poe House, Lenoir, NC|
I found this sentence in an ad for the "E.A. Poe House" for sale on a historic homes sale site. Historic Edgar Allan Poe house? I might buy it just to say I own it! It's only $159k and how amazing to say I own a property...wait. There's another one...
|Historic Poe House, |
The first one was in Lenoir, NC; this one is in Fayetteville, NC. I thought Poe was from Boston and Virginia? But this says it was a U.S. arsenal deeded to Poe's wife...Josephine. Wait, poet-writer Poe wasn't married to a Josephine; her name was Virginia.
Are these fakes?
No. But they are misleading advertisements. The E.A. Poe house in Lenoir is actually the home of a locally-known carpenter and developer. This Poe built projects all around Western North Carolina and may have also worked on the Vanderbilt mansion near Asheville, Biltmore. The Fayetteville Poe house may or may not be the home of the same man, but also not the Father of the Detective Story.
|The Edgar Allan Poe National |
Historic Site, Philadelphia, PA
Monday on her blog, Elizabeth Spann Craig wrote about diverting attention in mystery writing. We all studied Agatha Christie's use of the 'red herring' in high school--mostly with the example of Ten Little Indians (or And Then There Were None), I'd imagine. It is a very useful tool for writers! We all want to include that element of surprise, be able to shock the reader, and, above all else, keep them guessing.
What diversions have sent you down the wrong path, either in life or in your writing/reading?
Other lesson: don't buy a house without doing a bit of research. ; )