Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Poe was born on January, 19, 1809 in Boston. His parents David and Elizabeth Poe married in 1805. Together they had 3 children Henry, Edgar, and Rosalie. After having their children Elizabeth divorced David and took the children with her. She later died when Edgar was only 2 years old. After her death the children were split and Edgar was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. John Allan. Mr. Allan was a successful merchant so when growing up Edgar was able to go to good schools. Many years later after going to many good schools Edgar went to University of Virginia were he would soon drop out for lack of money and his drinking problem. After that he was shunned by John Allan. Poe had no job skills and no money so in 1827, at 18 he joined the Army. In 1829 Mrs. Allan died and John Allan tried to be nice towards Poe and signed Edgar’s application to West Point. Poe dropped out of the academy less than a year later for not following command and breaking rules. Then in 1831 Poe moved to New York and began publishing his poetry. He submitted many stories to magazines, but they were rejected. He finally got a job as a newspaper editor and brings his aunt and cousin to come live with him. Poe married his cousin Virginia Clemm less than a year later when she was 13. Years pass and Poe published many stories and even tried making his own magazine. Then his life starts to fall apart in 1847 when Poe’s wife became very ill and died 10 days after Edgar’s birthday. For two years Poe writes a couple more stories and died in 1849 after being found in a rain gutter unconscious.


(1809) - Edgar Poe is born on January 19, in Boston.(1811) - Edgar's mother, Elizabeth dies. Mr. and Mrs. John Allan adopt Edgar Poe.(1815) - Edgar Allan goes to school in England.(1820) - Edgar returns to the United States and continues his schooling.(1823) - Edgar attends the academy of William Burke, succeeds in athletics.(1826) - Edgar attends the University of Virginia, goes by "Edgar Poe".(1836) - marries his cousin Virginia in May, when she is 13.(1839) - Poe writes "The Fall of the House of Usher".(1845) - Poe writes "The Raven".(1847) - Poe's wife, Virginia, dies from tuberculosis on January 30.(1849) - Edgar Allan Poe dies on October 7, 1849.

Applied for West Point and got in, sponsored by his father – 1829Poe gets married gets married to 13 year old Virginia Clemm in May. - 1836Made the first modern detective fiction "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" – 1841Poe published "The Raven" in 1845 in the New York Evening Mirror, and become a wild success making Poe famous and wealthy.Poe sues a paper for libel and wins $225- 1846

Lasting Impact

In my opinion Edgar Allan Poe’s greatest contribution was his psychological horror stories like “The Raven” and “Tell Tare Heart”. He is the first person who ever made a great story in which the main character is crazy, or goes insane. When you read his stories you get into the mind of the characters, in these stories it is from the perspective of psychotic people. During his time period, his stories were very popular; many of them were best seller in New York when he worked. After Poe started publishing his stories and books many other writers tried to make psychological horrors as well, but none were as successful as Poe. A possible reason why Poe was so good at writing horror stories was because he had gone through so many bad things in his life; his parents’ divorce, divorced parents, the death of his mother, his adoption, death of adoptive mother, and his experience with a horrible adoptive father. Thanks to Edgar Allan Poe, today horror stories and books are bigger than ever, with so many great writers such as Steven King, Bret Easton, and Shirley Jackson, a lot is owed to Edgar. Many of Edgar Allan Poe’s stories are still read all around the world to this day, and he is a steady name in most major English courses.

Works Cited

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"All the we seem or seem is but a dream within a dream." - Edgar Allan Poe


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