Edgar Allan Poe

Daniel Lenhart

Edgar Allen was a poet and author who was very well known for his writing. His work has been in print since 1827. His career really set off when he published one of his best-sellers "The Raven." Another one of his best-sellers was also "The Fall of the House of Usher." He is widely known as the inventor of modern detective stories.

Poe was born on the 19th of January, 1809 in Boston. His mother and father were Elisabeth Arnold Poe and David Poe, Jr. His parents were traveling actors. The family was extremely poor. In 1811, the father abandoned the family. Poe was 2 years old at the time. On December 8th, 1811, Poe's mother died from tuberculosis at the age of 24 when Poe was 3. Soon after that, his father died of the same disease. Poe got split from his siblings.

Poe's life was filled with disease. His mother, father, and his cousin, Virginia, all died from the same disease, tuberculosis. His mother and cousin were both 24 when they passed away. Poe's first written story was called "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym." It was published in 1838. The work tells the story of young Arthur Gordon Pym, who stows away on a whaling ship named the Grampus. When Poe moved the Philadelphia, he wrote many more novels.

Poe's most significant work was his novel, "The Raven." This made him famous. He was now able to draw large crowds to his lectures. He was also making more money for himself. He later wrote two more books that same year.

He wrote many books about death, and it relates to him. His life was filled with death and sadness. It was mostly from many of his relatives and friends stealing or dying. This made him depressed. That is one of the reasons he started writing. Much of his family was split apart and/or died. You are able to see his suffering in his writings.

Edgar Allan Poe's death was quite a mystery. He was traveling to Philadelphia. On the way he stopped in Baltimore and disappeared for five days. He was then found in a bar. He wasn't wearing the same clothing he originally was wearing, he was very drunk and looked bruised. People took him to the hospital and died a few days later. No one knows how he died nor what happened to him while he was missing.

Edgar Allan Poe impacted the world with his writings. People got to "see" through his visions. He truly defined the meaning of death and sadness. He influenced many writers, and still influenced people today.

Poe's book probably fall into the genre of mystery, detective, and non-fiction.

Sources- http://www.poemuseum.org/life.php

- http://www.shmoop.com/poe/childhood.html