Edgar Allan Poe

Alex Nihill

What was his childhood like?

Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809. His parents were David and Elizabeth Poe. He also had two siblings named Henry and Rosalie. Before the age of 3, both of his parents had died, his mother of Tuberculosis. After his parents died, Edgar was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. John Allen. When he was 17, he went to college, but John Allen only gave Edgar about 1/3 of the money he needed. So to get money, he started gambling, and that led to heavy drinking. He then quit school less than a year later

When did he publish is first written work?

His first published work was "Tamerlane and Other Poems" in 1827. He wrote this story around the time he joined the army
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What themes did he use? What genre of writing was he in?

The themes he most commonly used were death and loss. These come from his own experiences because his mother, adopted mom and dad, and his wife died. After that he became depressed and began writing his stories


The genre of writing his stories were fall under horror and detective fiction. He was one of the first writer to use these genres of writing. He is sometimes called the "Father of detective stories"

Why was his death such a mystery?

His death is such a mystery because he was found at a public house unconscious and was taken to the hospital. He came in and out of consciousness, but was never able to tell people what happened. Now there are legend on how he died, but nobody knows for sure what happened. Some people think he had rabies, some say he was mobbed, or he just drank to much.
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