Edgar Allan Poe

The life of a Madman By Jon Maxim

Edgar Allan Poe's Early Life

-Edgar Poe was born in Boston on January 19, 1809

-His mother, Elizabeth Poe died in 1811, when Edgar was 2 years old

-When Poe was 6, he went to school in England for 5 years. He learned Latin and French, as well as math and history.

- When he was 17 he began to drink and quickly went into debt.

- Edgar when he was 18 went to Boston and joined the U.S. Army in 1827.

Later on...

-In 1831, Edgar Allan Poe went to New York City where he had some of his poetry published

-In 1835, Edgar finally got a job as an editor of a newspaper because of a contest he won with his story, "The Manuscript Found in a Bottle"

- Edgar married his cousin, Virginia. He was 27 and she was 13.

-His first volume of short stories, "Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque" was published in 1839

- He published his first detective story, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" and challenged readers to send in cryptograms, which he always solved.

-In his last days he began to go to different groups to help him to stop drinking. But this didn't help.

-Edgar Allan Poe died in the hospital on Sunday, October 7, 1849.

He was a Haunted man with an imagination that was only as dark as his mind was.

Works by Poe

The Raven

The Tell-Tale Heart

The Fall Of The House of Usher

The Black Cat

The G olden Bug