Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe

*After Poes biological parents died he went to go live with John and Frances Allan, a successful tabacco merchant and his wife,in Richmond, Verginia.*The American football team the Baltimore Ravens are named in honour of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic poem ‘The Raven’. * On Augest 1st 1831 Edgar's older brother Henry died of either tuberculosis or cholera at the age of 27.

*Poe is appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. A few months later he publishes his second book of poetry, Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane and Minor Poems.*In December 1835 Poe takes a job as editor of the Southern Literary Messenger magazine. He publishes critical reviews of other writers' work as well as his own stories and poems.

*Edgar A. Poe 's creative talents led to the beginning of different literary genres, earning him the nickname "Father of the Detective Story" among other distinctions.*When Poe went to the University of Virginia in 1826, he didn't receive enough funds from Allan to cover all his costs. Poe turned to gambling to cover the difference, but ended up in debt. * Poe wanted to go to West Point, a military academy, and won a spot there in 1830. *Poe excelled at his studies at West Point, but he was kicked out after a year for his poor handling of his duties.

Edgar Allan Poe

*Poe ditches college and the Allans. He moves to Baltimore to join relatives there.*Poe enlists in the U.S. Army under the name "Edgar A. Perry." Shortly after, his first book,a poetry collection entitled Tamerlane and Other Poems got published. The author is listed only as "A Bostonian."*Poe travels to Richmond and convinces his childhood sweetheart, Elmira Royster Shelton, to become his fiancée. He joins the Sons of Temperance, an organization that forbids drinking





"They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”—Edgar Allan Poe



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