Edgar Allan Poe Author Study

By: Ashlyn Schauer

Who was Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe was a famous author who lived in the 18th century. Poe was born in Boston to David and Eliza Poe the year of 1809.

How big a part of his life was filled with sickness and death?

Edgar was constantly surrounded by sickness and death. Both his mother and wife died of tuberculosis at the age of 24. When Edgar was a kid his father left the family and later died of an unknown illness,

What was his childhood like?

As a young child Edgar's father left him and his mother to live on their own. He was dirty and poor. When Edgar was still a young boy his mother died. After his mother died Edgar went to go live with a foster family in Richmond. He lives with the Allan family till he went to college.

When did he publish his first written work?

Edgar Allan Poe finished his first written work in 1827.

What was his most significant work?

Edgar Allan Poe's most significant works : “The Fall of the House of Usher," “The Tell-Tale Heart," “The Murders in the Rue Morgue," and “The Raven.”

What themes from his life are evident in his work?

Some themes in his life that are the same as in his work are the fact that Edgar had a very death filled and depressing life. In his work the dark reality of Edgar's life shined through. He wrote about dark mysteries. Most things or people in Edgar's life were dark and mysterious just like his death.

Why was his death such a myserty?

Edgar Allan Poe's death was and still is such a mystery because he was missing for a few days. Then was found delirious on the streets shortly before his death on October 7, 1849.

No one truly knows what happened to Edgar that night or why and how he died.

What was Edgar Allan Poe's impact or influence on the world?

Edgar Allan Poe has influenced our modern world in many ways from his style of literature to his inspiration to other authors. Edgar is known as the father of detective novels. He was one of the first authors to write thrilling and dark detective novels. Some might even like to think that without Edgar Allan Poe's mysteries the world may have never heard of the now famous author Stephen King.

What genre does Poe's stories fall into?

Edgar Allan Poe's stories fall into the genre of detective mystery.