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On this day (Sept. 22) in 1853 (176 years ago), Edgar Allan Poe took out a marriage license for he and his cousin, Virginia Eliza Clemm. Poe was 26 years old; Virginia was 13, though the marriage certificate claims she was 21.

Living up to it’s reputation of totally destroying any accurate representation of historical peoples and events, the folks in Hollywood – namely James McTeigue, director of the forthcoming Poe film The Raven – has cast a buxom blonde (British actress Alice Eve) as Poe’s teenage bride. Do the two compare? You be the judge:

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