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Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

  • January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts
  • October 07, 1849 in Baltimore, Maryland


Poe lost both his parents by the age of 2, he was then adopted by John Allan, a rich merchant. As Poe entered adolescence, however, bad feelings developed between him and John Allan. John Allan disapproved of his ward's literary wishes, thought him moody and ungrateful, and gradually seemed to have decided Poe was not to be his heir after all.When, in 1826, Poe entered the newly opened University of Virginia, John Allan's allowance was so insufficient that Poe turned to gambling to increase his income. In 8 months, he lost $2,000. In 1827, Poe had his Tamerlane and Other Poems published at his own expense, but the book failed to attract notice, along with other books. Later on in life he lost his wife, which led him deeper into his alcohol addiction.

Poe's contribution and accomplishments

Poe has contributed a number of great tales, stories, and poems, earning him a spot as one of the most influential authors in America. He also greatly encouraged the horror and mystery genre.

5 facts

  1. He is considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre.
  2. The American football team the Baltimore Ravens are named in honor of Edgar Allan Poe's classic poem "The Raven".
  3. In 2009, one of the 12 survived copies of Poe's first book “Tamerlane and Other Poems“ was sold at Christie's for $662,500, a record price paid for a work of American literature.

  4. Charles Dickens and Edgar Allen Poe were pen friends and even met once in Philadelphia when Poe was 34-year-old and Dickens was 31.

  5. In 1835, Poe, at the age of 26, married his 13-year-old cousin, Virginia Clemm.


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