Edgar Allan Poe : An American Poet And Critic

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Edgar Allan Poe was an American author, known as a poet and critic, however most popular as the first literary expert of the short story structure, particularly stories that were mysterious and horrifying. He exceeded expectations particularly in the categories of riddle, macabre, and repulsiveness. He in more recent time has been credited for coming up with the "Sci-Fi" and "Detective" genres. His work was so often so disturbing and dark that many tend to have a hard time reading it to completion. Since his death, the artistic characteristics of Poe 's compositions have been questioned, yet his works have continued to be famous as he impacted numerous American and European authors. Yet the question of Poe 's sanity is one that is frequently visited. As a child he endured a rough childhood. It is often said that it is because of his childhood he was sent into a deep depression, however, Poe was known as a drunk. It is Poe 's insanity that makes him the literary genius that he is. Is Poe a product of his own destruction or do prior livelihood events lead to the down spiral of his life and the upbringing of his literary career? Edgar Poe was Born on January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts, to David Poe Jr. and Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins Poe. He was the middle child (older brother, William Henry Leonard Poe, and younger sister, Rosalie Poe) to the two performers. In 1810, their dad deserted them, and later that year their mother died of Tuberculosis. (CITE) Edgar then went…
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