Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allen Poe, born is 1809, was an American short story writer, poet, and critic. He is commonly know as the father of detective stories. His most well know work of art is his poem "The Raven" (Werlock). Although Poe had a short lived career, his literature continues to influence many writers in the United States and Europe. He worked with many genres such as: gothic tale, science fiction, occult fantasies, and satire. While many critics consider his works of literature as grotesque, others consider his as the most influential author of modern fiction. Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts to David Poe, Jr., and Elizabeth Arnold, both actors. Poe was orphaned at the age of two and was raised by his uncle, John Allan, in Richmond, Virginia. He was raised to be an educated southern gentleman. In 1931 Poe moved in with his aunt, Maria Clemm, in Baltimore. Poe got his first job as an editor on the Southern Literary Messenger after he won a short-story contest sponsored by the magazine. While editing for the magazine he began to gain publicity of his stories from the audience. After a two-year tenure as an editor for the Southern Literary Messenger, Poe married his cousin, Virginia Clemm, and moved to Philadelphia. After moving he was able to publish some of his best-know works - The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, "Ligeia", "The Fall of the House of Usher", and "William Wilson" ("Edgar Allan Poe"). In 1843, Poe wrote "The Murders in the Rue
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