Edgar Allan Poe

By: Garrett King

Edgar Allan Poe born January 19, 1809 - October 7, 1849 was an American author, poet, editor and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery. Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story and is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre. He is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.he was orphaned young when his mother died shortly after his father abandoned the family. Poe was taken in by John and Frances Allan, of Richmond, Virginia, but they never formally adopted him. He attended the University of Virginia for one semester but left due to lack of money. After enlisting in the Army and later failing as an officer's cadet at Weat Point, Poe parted ways with the Allans. His publishing career began humbly.He also published 47 poems.Snodgrass was convinced that Poe died  from  alcoholism and did a great deal to popularize this idea
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