Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe married his 13-year-old cousin, Virginia Clemm when he was 27.


Poe was a cat lover. He supposedly wrote a poem with his Siamese cat on his shoulder.

He invented the word 'tintinabulation', first seen in his poem "The Bells". Tintinabulation means a ringing or twinkling sound.

He enlisted in the U.S. army after discontinuing college since he was short on cash. He lied that he was 22 when, in reality, he was 18.

He was the first to create detective noir, the first ever detective in literature, Dupin. This eventually inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to recreate the character as renowned Sherlock Holmes.

Only seven people attended his funeral.

His mother died when he was barely even a year old. His father left him soon after. He never was officially adopted, but he was taken into care by the Allan family.

He died a tragic death, alone and in poverty. His cause of death is still uncertain and debated amongst the literary community.

He was a college dropout because he couldn't afford to continue to pay for his tuition because of his love of gambling. He was only at the university for one year.

After his wife (and cousin) died, he turned to alcohol as a form of escapism. He fell into a depression and attempted suicide by the ingestion of opium.


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