The Pale Blue Eye: Did Edgar Allan Poe have a Southern accent?

The Pale Blue Eye. (L to R) Christian Bale as Augustus Landor and Harry Melling as Edgar Allen Poe in The Pale Blue Eye. Cr. Scott Garfield/Netflix © 2022
The Pale Blue Eye. (L to R) Christian Bale as Augustus Landor and Harry Melling as Edgar Allen Poe in The Pale Blue Eye. Cr. Scott Garfield/Netflix © 2022 /
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If you’re in need of a period piece mystery to watch this weekend, The Pale Blue Eye on Netflix might be just what you’re looking for. Set in the year 1830, the thriller directed by Scott Cooper follows a detective named Augustus Landor (Christian Bale) who travels to West Point, New York to investigate the murder of one of their military cadets. Though it takes a little bit for the story to get going, it takes you on twists you couldn’t have anticipated and has a great ending. Plus, the cast and the acting are stellar.

One fun part about The Pale Blue Eye is the fact that one of the characters is Edgar Allan Poe, the American poet who wrote famous works like “The Raven” and “The Fall of the House of Usher” — the latter of which is actually being adapted into a Netflix show from Mike Flanagan. While Poe didn’t actually help solve murders in real life as he does in the new movie, he did spend time in West Point as a cadet while enlisted in the U.S. Army.

Another feature of Poe’s depiction in The Pale Blue Eye is his accent, which has a Southern drawl to it. Harry Melling, best known for playing Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter movies, portrays the famous writer and speaks with a specific accent you might be curious about. Was Edgar Allan Poe actually from the South?

Where is Edgar Allan Poe from?

Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1809 and lived there for a few years before locating to Richmond, Virginia after both of his parents passed. He moved around on the East Coast of the United States, living in cities like New York City, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. So why does he have a bit of a Southern accent in The Pale Blue Eye? Well, according to the DC Theater Arts, there are some accounts that claim Poe did speak with “a very slight” Southern drawl in real life, though others say he did not.

It’s been said that Poe had a love for the South, apparently feeling the most at home in Virginia, where many people do have Southern accents. It’s entirely possible he picked up a slight accent while living in Richmond, one he may or may not have kept with him.

Though the movie is fictional, it’s interesting to see its depiction of such an iconic and historic part of macabre literature. The Pale Blue Eye is now streaming on Netflix.

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