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Edgar Allan Poe
Studies say that Edgar Allan Poe was the father of gothic literature. As an American writer and critic, he went through the struggles of living in poverty, having a drinking and gambling problem, and being judge based on his decisions. He was best known as an author of gothic fiction. He had a life of misfortune and indigence. Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19,1809 in Boston, Massachusetts to two striving actors, David Poe Jr. and Elizabeth Arnold Poe. Some studies say that both of his parents died when he was young (May 2079). Other studies say that Edgars father forsaken his family after they moved to New York (Loveday 1). He had an older brother, William …show more content…
During this time period, Frances Allan became ill and died. He was discharged from the service, and decided to attend West Point. John Allan hadn’t provided any financial support to Poe while he was at West Point, so Poe found ways to be expelled (May 2079). Over this time period, he published his first two short stories, Tamerlane and Other Poems and Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane and Minor Poems.
He moved in with his Aunt Maria Clemm and cousin Virginia Clemm. When John Allan died, he left nothing for Poe in his will, he gave all his inheritance to his twin sons he fathered during an affair. After all of this, he published more books of poetry and short stories. He joined many editor groups and left them. Poe married his 13- year-old cousin, Virginia Clemm, on September 22,1835, which many people disapproved (Loveday 3). After many years, Virginia became ill with tuberculosis and died on January 30, 1847. Edgar Allan Poe became depressed and even attempted suicide by ingesting laudanum, a tincture of opiates, in November 1848 (Loveday 4). He began to show madness through some of his short stories such as The Tell-Tale Heart, Black Cat, and The Cask of Amontillado. Poe even wrote Annabel Lee to reflect their relationship and Ulalume as a memorial to his dead wife. Poe moved back to New York City and published his most famous poem, The Raven in January 1845. He then had left an editor group New York Mirror to join another one Broadway
John Allan did not send Poe enough money so he decided to be dismissed from West Point and was on March 6, 1831. Poe then moved to Baltimore to live with his widowed Aunt Maria Clemm and her daughter, Virginia (Poe Chronology). John Allan died in 1834 and moreover Poe received no inheritance. Poe then turned to journalism and began to write for the Richmond based Southern Literary Messenger. By the end of the year, Poe, who had moved to Richmond with Virginia and Mrs. Clemm, was named editor in chief.
Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809, in Boston, Massachusetts. His parents David and Elizabeth Poe were professional actors. They had three children: Henry, Edgar, and Rosalie. When in 1817, Mrs. Poe died, Henry was taken to be raised with his grandmother, Edgar was adopted by the wealthy couple, Frances and John Allan, and Rosalie was taken by another couple. The luckiest one became Edgar because his new parents were very wealthy people, so he was able to go to different schools. When he was seventeen, he entered the University of Virginia, but because of his gambling and drinking problems he was dismissed from there.
Poe began to sell short stories to magazines and later became the editor of the Southern Literary Messenger in Richmond. He later married his cousin Virginia, who was fourteen years old. During these years, Poe published some of his best poems and stories like “The Fall of the House of Usher”, “The Raven” and “The Tell-tale Heart” (PBS).
Neither of his first two collections attracted much attention. "Poe married his 13-year-old cousin Virginia Clemn. She burst a blood vessel in 1842, and remained a virtual worthless until her death from tuberculosis five years later" (online-literature, pg. 2). He addressed the famous poem "Annabel Lee" to her in 1849. In 1836, he received an editorship at The Southern Literary Messenger in Richmond. Around this time, Edgar began using drugs and dinking very heavily. He even showed up at events drunk. Still, he was writing incredible stories and poems. Poe received a large amount of recognition, not only for his poetry and fiction, but as an exceptional literary critic. He also achieved popular success, especially following the publication of his poem "The Raven." Edgar had fallen for Merrie next and she died of brain cancer. After a period in which he was involved in various romantic affairs, Poe planned to remarry, but in late September, 1849 he arrived in Baltimore for reasons unknown. "Poe suffered from bouts of depression and madness, and he attempted suicide in 1848" (online-literature, pg. 2). In early October he was discovered nearly unconscious in a Baltimore gutter. Edgar was taken to Washington College Hospital. Some say that Poe called out the name "Reynolds" on the night before he died. He died on early in the morning of October 7, 1849. He was buried in the yard of Baltimore's Wesminster Presbyterian Church. People said that his
In normal life, people will sometimes suffer from depression or sickness caused by the loss of a loved one in a romantic or family relationship. This has been a part of life for hundreds of years and it is a way that authors like Edgar Allan Poe, William Faulkner and Horacio Quiroga connect with people all throughout the world. Using exaggerated scenarios, these authors communicate how much of an impact isolation or abandonment can have on a person physically or mentally decaying.
Edgar married his cousin, Virginia Clemm, whom Edgar had been living with. Virginia was only thirteen when they got married. Ten years after their marraige, Virginia died from the same desease as his mother, tuberculosis. Meloncoly became Edgar.
A man famous for his darker writing styles. Almost all of his numerous poems and writings include a darker element. This can be contributed to his childhood. As he grew up his childhood was not as easy and laid-back as other children. His family was almost completely broke and living in Boston. On top of that, by the time the poet was three parents were both dead. His father had left him when he was two and his mother had died when he was three. He may have gotten his artistic influences from his parents, who were both professional actors. Poe was the put in the care of a man named John Allan and a woman named Frances. John was a prosperous tobacco trader and Poe had a well supported child hood. He went to the first rate boarding schools. He went above and beyond expectations in grades. He soon graduated and went to the University of Virginia. However, only one year of school he was forced to return home because John refused to pay his gambling debts. Because of this he fell into the habit of heavy drinking and married a 13 year old girl. He then lost his beloved wife and began writing more and more depressing stories. He tried to start up a magazine but he failed. As he grew more and more into the habit of drinking his writing grew slower. He soon died at the age of 40 from supposed alcohol
Gothic literature contains many thematic elements such as horror, death, and even at times romanticism. This type of literature incorporates various different elements, in order to evoke the emotions of terror. There are many authors who are extremely talented and are still remembered and read in classrooms today. These are authors like Edgar Allan Poe, best known for his mysterious poems and short stories, Richard Matheson and Horacio Quiroga, who have all incorporated psychological problems and violence themes in their short stories in order to fascinate the readers and add suspense to the story. These three gothic authors correlate the themes of violence and the psychological/ mental issues in order to depict anticipation and terror
Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 19, 1809 to David Poe and Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins - both of whom died before their son was three. Edgar went to live in Richmond, Virginia with John Allan, a wealthy tradesman, while his
"In one case out of a hundred a point is excessively discussed because it is obscure; in the ninety-nine remaining it is obscure because it is excessively discussed." This quote by Edgar Allan Poe describes his obscure works which have been discussed and criticized in great detail for many years to come. Some readers believe that his works are too dark and eccentric maybe even deathly. Others believe his works to be masterpieces. However, one thing that is not up for debate is the fact that Edgar Allan Poe is a literary genius. Edgar Allan Poe, the creator of the ratiocinative story and the amateur sleuth and leading contributor to the gothic genre, is the greatest author of the mid-nineteenth century.
Edgar Allen Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 19, 1809. Poe, a son of an actor, never knew his parents very well because his father left early on, and his mother died early in his childhood. He went to live with the Allens, he made a bond that influenced him and his writing with Frances, the wife of John Allen. Poe went to the University of Virginia in 1826, but didn't receive enough funds from John Allen to continue, he then turned to gambling but only ended up in more debt.
Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 19, 1809. Even though Edgar Allan Poe did not grow up around his biological parents, his parents were both actors. “His father left the family early on, and his mother passed away when he was only three.” (“Biography”) Since Poe did not have any parents around, he went to live with John and
He married Virginia in 1836 and it is believed that the couple lived very happily together. Alas, in1847, Virginia passed away due to a case of tuberculosis, which is what claimed the lives of his mother and foster mother the years before. Poestories.com states in the article titled “The Biography of Edgar Allan Poe”, “After losing his wife, Poe collapsed from stress but gradually returned to health later that year” (“Biography of Edgar…”). For the next two years, Poe tried starting a relationship with a married woman, Nancy Richmond, but she did not share the same feelings. He attempted to marry Sarah Helen Whitman, but the engagement did not last. He finally became engaged again to his previous fiancée, Elmira Royster, but disappeared shortly after. Many of Poe’s best works are based on the loss of a loved one, especially a woman. “The Raven” is a prime example of this and is also a good example of the things that can happen to a person’s sanity after a loss that great. The poem is a must read for a poetic look at hallucinations.
Edgar Allan Poe had married his fourteen year-old cousin, whom died ten years later at the age of twenty four, from Tuberculosis (Ljungquist N.P.). After Virginia died, Poe became lost, alcoholic, drug addicted, and debauchery (Szumski 20). “Under the adroit cover of the special mechanism he had constructed, Poe could unveil his inner, introverted self
Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston Massachusetts. (A-1) His parents were English born actors Elizabeth Arnold Poe and David Poe Jr. (A-2) After his parents died he was raised by his godfather John Allen, a wealthy Richmond merchant. (B-1) The Allan’s took him to Europe where he began his education in schools in Scotland and in England. (B-2) He returned to the U.S. in 1820 and