Originally Posted by Demiurge
Regarding Edgar Allen Poe, I'm interested in seeing how it would be handled in that regard. His death wasn't under the most honorable of circumstances, and the popular perception of him is a somewhat-functional drunk who accidentally wrote some incredible pieces, which I never felt was fair. Honestly, I wouldn't mind if they whitewashed his substance-abuse issues... as long as they don't make light of them.
The issue is this is historical fiction so they can do whatever they want. Since he wasn't a real sleuth I see no reason why they couldn't whitewash. Hell they made Sherlock Holmes into an alcoholic OCD dude and he is still liked as a movie character.