Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe is most known for his many contemporary horror poems and novels. Some of his most popular include: "The Raven", "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", and "The Tell-Tale Heart".

Edgar Allan Poe was born January 19, 1809, to a family of actors in Boston, Massachusetts. While Poe was still young, his mother died of tuberculosis, and his father abandoned him. This traumatizing event was repeated later with his stepparents. Many years later, after college and a short time spent at a military school, Poe, aged 27, secretly married his 13 year old cousin. Later, they had a public wedding. Years later, at the age of 24, she died of tuberculosis. Strangely, that is the same age that both his mother and brother had died of the disease as well. In response to her death, Poe wrote "Annabel Lee". Because of his grief, Poe turned to alcohol, and it is commonly believed that he dabbled in opium. On a trip to New York, Poe disappeared, and was found a few days later in Baltimore, drunk and in clothes that did not belong to him. Poe later died in the hospital.

Edgar Allan Poe



Poe is generally held as the pioneer of the detective genre, as well as one of the first great American writers. His most famous works, and his less notable ones, are studied by many in colleges and universities throughout the world.

Edgar Allan Poe is known for his works containing many themes that are hidden within. One of his most prominent themes is that nothing is ever all it seems to be, and that there are always two sides to someone or something.

Edgar Allan Poe's "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" is the first true detective novel ever written. Poe single-handedly founded an entire genre that is loved by many today.

The Edgar Allan Poe memorial in Philadelphia reminds many of us how profound and successful his writings were.


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