Edgar Allan Poe
By: Isaac Mimong
Who was Edgar Allan Poe?
Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809. He was the second child born of three. Both of his parents had died within 3 years of birth, and he was taken in by a wealthy tobacco merchant named John Allan and his wife Frances Valentine Allan.
What was his childhood like?
Both of his parents had died by the time he was 3. He was taken in by a wealthy tobacco merchant and his wife. John Allan would want Poe to be a businessman but Poe had dreams of becoming a writer. By the age of 13, Poe had enough poetry to publish a book but his headmaster advised Allan against it.
How big a part of his life was filled with sickness and death?
Poe lost his mother, brother, wife, and his foster mother to tuberculosis.
When did he publish his first written work?
He published his first book when he was 18, in the year 1827.
What was his most significant work?
His most significant work was "The Raven."
What themes from his life are evident in his works?
Death, terror, horror
Why was his death such a mystery?
His mother-in-law and his fiancee didn't know what happened to him until they read about his death in newspapers.
What was his impact or influence on the world?
His name brought images of murderers, madmen, premature burials, and mysterious women who return from the dead. He is also widely acknowledged as the innovator of the modern detective story and an innovator in the science fiction genre.
What genre does Poe's stories fall into?
Why do you think Poe wrote the types of stories that he did? Explain.
I think he wrote the stories he did because he experienced death in his life and became depressed. He also became poverty stricken and an alcoholic.