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Edgar Allan Poe in my mind was the best poet of his time

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Edgar Allan Poe in my mind was the best poet of his time

Post by Darkness Walks Admin on Thu Dec 06, 2012 8:03 pm

Edger Allen Poe was Born January 19, 1809, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. American
short-story writer, poet, critic, and editor Edgar Allan Poe's tales of
mystery and horror initiated the modern detective story, and the
atmosphere in his tales of horror is unrivaled in American fiction. His The Raven (1845) numbers among the best-known poems in national literature.

Early Life
With his short stories and poems, Edgar Allan Poe captured
the imagination and interest of readers around the world. His creative
talents led to the beginning of different literary genres, earning him
the nickname "Father of the Detective Story" among other distinctions.
His life, however, has become a bit of mystery itself. And the lines
between fact and fiction have been blurred substantially since his

The son of actors, Poe never really knew his parents. His father left
the family early on, and his mother passed away when he was only three.
Separated from his siblings, Poe went to live with John and Frances
Allan, a successful tobacco merchant and his wife, in Richmond,
Virginia. He and Frances seemed to form a bond, but he never quite
meshed with John. Preferring poetry over profits, Poe reportedly wrote
poems on the back of some of Allan's business papers.

Money was also an issue between Poe and John Allan. When Poe went to
the University of Virginia in 1826, he didn't receive enough funds from
Allan to cover all his costs. Poe turned to gambling to cover the
difference, but ended up in debt. He returned home only to face another
personal setback—his neighbor and fiancée Elmira Royster had become
engaged to someone else. Heartbroken and frustrated, Poe left the

Career Beginnings
At first, Poe seemed to be harboring twin aspirations. Poe published his first book, Tamerlane and Other Poems
in 1827, and he had joined the army around this time. Poe wanted to go
to West Point, a military academy, and won a spot there in 1830. Before
going to West Point, he published a second collection Al Aaraaf, Tamberlane, and Minor Poems
in 1829. Poe excelled at his studies at West Point, but he was kicked
out after a year for his poor handling of his duties. Some have
speculated that he intentionally sought to be court-martialed. During
his time at West Point, Poe had fought with his foster father and Allan
decided to sever ties with him.

After leaving the academy, Poe focused his writing full time. He
moved around in search of opportunity, living in New York City,
Baltimore, Philadelphia and Richmond. From 1831 to 1835, he stayed in
Baltimore with his aunt Maria Clemm and her daughter Virginia. His young
cousin, Virginia, became a literary inspiration to Poe as well as his
love interest. The couple married in 1836 when she was only 13 (or 14 as
some sources say) years old.

Returning to Richmond in 1835, Poe went to work for a magazine called the Southern Literary Messenger.
There he developed a reputation as a cut-throat critic, writing vicious
reviews of his contemporaries. Poe also published some of his own works
in the magazine, including two parts of his only novel The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym.
His tenure there proved short, however. Poe's aggressive-reviewing
style and sometimes combative personality strained his relationship with
the publication, and he left the magazine in 1837. His problems with
alcohol also played a role in his departure, according to some reports.

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Re: Edgar Allan Poe in my mind was the best poet of his time

Post by Guest on Fri Jul 12, 2013 12:26 pm

He's an awesome writer!


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