Edgar Allan Poe

Kaleb Klein

Who was Edgar Allan Poe?

He was America's first great literary critic and theoretician. he was seen as a morbid, mysterious figure lurking in shadows.


He was born in Boston on January 19, 1809. His parents were David and Elizabeth Poe. Poe was 3 when his mom died, and by the age of 6 he went to school for 5 years. Later he came to school in America. He drank heavily and became in debt which got him kicked out of his college.

How much of his life was filled with sickness and death? And what was his first written work?

His entire life was filled with death. His parents, step-parents, and wife died in his entire life time.

Edgar's first written work was when he was six years old. But his first work to be published was when he won a contest for a editor of a newspaper. His first work for the newspaper, the one he won the contest with, was "The Manuscript Found in a Bottle."

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What was his most significant work? What themes form his life evident in his work?

His printed work started in 1827 and hiss most classic work is "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Raven," and "The Fall of the House of Usher."

The themes of his work are both horror and detective fiction. Because he was surrounded by death, which would explain the horror. And detective fiction would be from how they would have died.

What was Edgar's Influence? and What Genre does he do?

His influence would be his life and what was going on. With all the death around him would be why he has a dark influence.

They say he was the inventor of the modern detective story and innovator in the science fiction genre.

Why did he write the type of stories he did?

I think he wrote the horror books because he was paranoid that he was the cause of all the deaths of his family. So he wrote a bunch of story about death and other horror type stories. Because of how his life was going on, so he released stress by writing those stories to symbolize that death haunted him.