Edgar Allan Poe

Rachel Woodley

Who was Edgar Allan Poe?

Edgar Allan Poe is an author that was known for his mystery story. He is thought to be the inventor of modern detective stories. He wrote many things form short stories to a book of scientific theory. He was struck with much tragedy throughout his life. Which affected him a lot in his life.

Poe's Childhood

Poe was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston. His parents are David and Elizabeth Poe. His siblings were Henry and Rosalie. David had left his family and not much after that died to leave Elizabeth with three children by herself. Not long after David died Elizabeth came down with Tuberculosis. He then was taken in by John and Frances Allan. Later in his life Tuberculosis would hurt him thought out his life. His adopted mother and his future wife would end up dying of Tuberculosis.

His Works

Poe's first book was called Tamerlane and other Poems. It came out in 1827 went Poe was only 18 years old. He is most famous for The Raven. The theme that his work showed was mystery and murder. He is sometimes thought to be that he helped shape modern day horror stories.

His Death

Poe's death was unexpected and still unknown. There are many things that could have caused his death. He possibly could have had a brain tumor. He also had irregular heartbeat and he drank a lot of alcohol. He was found in a bar and was rushed to the hospital and later died there.

Poe's Impact

Poe impacted many of the modern day horror and detective stories. His stories related to what he was going through in his life or had gone through. He is best known for his Gothic writing. His writing has mourning because of all the premature death in his life.