Edgar Allan Poe Biography

By: Ilias Smith

Early Life and Education of Edgar Allan Poe.

Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. Poe's mom and dad were actors but sadly died when Poe was 3. Poe was soon fostered in Richmond, Virginia. He was educated in a boarding school. He was educated in England from 1815 to 1821. He went to the University of Virginia.1827, he went back to Boston and enlisted into the U.S. Army.

Career and Success of Edgar Allan Poe

In 1827 he made his first set of poems including Tamerlane and Other Poems. None of those poems had any recognition or attention at that time. In 1829, Poe created his second set of poems including Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane, and Minor poems. Due to financial problems in the military camp, Poe moved in with his Aunt Clemm and cousin Virginia in Baltimore. Poe started to sell short stories to magazines. In 1835, Poe became the editor of the magazine Southern Literary Messenger. In 1836, Edgar Allan Poe married his cousin Virginia who was only 14 at the time. Over the next 10 years Poe makes the great poems and stories such as "Raven", "Tell-tale Heart", and "The Murders of the Rue Morgue." Poe was known as the "Father of Detective Stories."

The Downfall of Edgar Allan Poe.

Sadly, in 1847, Virginia died of tuberculosis. After that, Poe went through a long stage of depression and alcoholism. Poe later went to Baltimore. Poe was found at a bar in a semiconscious state on October 3, 1847. Poe died 4 days later because of an acute brain congestion. His last words were "Lord, help my poor soul." Scientists believe that Edgar Allan Poe died because of his alcoholism. Others believe he died of rabies, epilepsy, or carbon monoxide poisoning. Edgar Allan Poe's death is still a great mystery today.

The Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe.

Still today, people think that Poe was one of the best writers ever. He was so good he had a football team named after him (Baltimore Ravens). He is one of the most renown horror story writer. He was known as the "Father of Detective Stories."


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