Edgar Allan Poe

January 19, 1809 - October 7, 1849 (age 40)


Edgar Allan Poe was born Edgar Poe on January 19, 1809 in Boston Massachusetts. Poe is considered to be the inventor of the detective fiction genre. He was alive during the "Romantic Movement".
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Early Life

Edgar Allan Poe was orphaned at a young age after his father abandoned Poe and his mother died from tuberculosis. Poe's new parents John and Frances Allan never formally adopted Edgar. Living in Richmond, Virginia with the Allan's, Edgar attended the University of Virginia but could not continue schooling due to a lack of income. Poe, lacking money enlisted in the Army as a private. He used the name Edgar A. Perry, claiming he was 22 years old when he was only 18. Upon serving at Fort Independence, Poe released his first book, Tamerlane and Other Poems, a 40 page collection of poetry. It received no attention.
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Writing Career

Following the death of his brother, Edgar began his career as a writer. Poe was the first American writer to try to make a living off of writing alone. Poe struggled financially throughout his career causing him to have to beg for money and perform humiliating tasks to make a few dollars.

In the beginning of his career he had submitted a few stories into a Philadelphia publication and began working on a drama, Politian. Poe later was awarded for a short story he submitted, MS Found in a Bottle. The prize helped introduce him to a man named Thomas W. White, an editor of a publication in Richmond Virginia. Poe became assistant editor of the publication, but was fired after being caught drunk at work by his supervisor.

Poe, after being fired, returned to Baltimore and secretly married his 13 year old cousin, Virginia. Poe was 26 at the time of marriage.

Later in his life Poe released one of his most well known works, "The Raven" was published in a paper called the "Evening Mirror". The Raven made Poe well known immediately, but he only made $9 from it.


On October 3, 1849, Poe was found delirious on Baltimore streets "in great distress" and was found in someone else's clothes. All records including his death certificate have been lost. The most popular cause of death for him is "cerebral inflammation" or alcoholism. Poe died days later being found on October 7, 1849.

Theme of Writing

Poe has a frequent theme of "the death of a beautiful woman" this is believed to be the case because of his mother and wife both dying of tuberculosis.

Work cited

"Edgar Allan Poe Museum : Poe's Life, Legacy, and Works : Richmond, Virginia."Edgar Allan Poe Museum : Poe's Life, Legacy, and Works : Richmond, Virginia. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Nov. 2013.