Edgar Allan Poe had a life full of tragedies. He is best known for his mysterious and macabre

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Edgar Allan Poe had a life full of tragedies. He is best known for his mysterious and macabre stories and is considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre. He is one of the first well-know writers that tried to earn a living writing alone, which resulted in a financially difficult career. His works have been printed since 1827 and include classic histories as “The Tell-Tale Heart”, “The Raven”, and “The Fall of the House of Usher”. Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 19, 1809. He was the second child of Elizabeth Arnold Poe and David Poe, Jr., both traveling actors. His older brother was William Henry Leonard Poe, and his younger sister was Rosalie Poe. Poe’s father left their family in 1810, and later…show more content…
Poe went to West Point matriculated as a cadet on July 1, 1830; in October Allan married his second wife and disowned Poe. On February 8, 1831 Poe was found guilty of disobedience of orders and gross neglect of duty, he was later dismissed. He decides to go to New York where he publishes several short stories with the help from his fellow cadet at West Point. In March he returns to Baltimore and on August his older brother Henry dies due to problems with alcoholism. Poe begins to focus more on his career as a writer after the death of his brother. After being rejected many times he sends a letter to Allan asking for help but is ignored. John Allan died and left Poe out of his will, however Allan left money to his illegitimate child whom he had never seen. While living in poverty he started publishing short stories and one of them, The Manuscript Found in a Bottle, won a contest sponsored by the Saturday Visiter. Because of this contest Poe met new people allowing him to publish more stories and to gain an editorial position at the Southern Literary Messenger in Richmond. While working there he developed a reputation as a fearless critic whom attacked not only the author’s work but also insulted them. In May, 1836 Poe marries Virginia, his cousin, who was 13 years old at that time. The marriage proved to be a happy one, and Poe celebrated the joys in his poem Eulalie. Unhappy with the low pay and lack of editorial control at the Messenger, he moved to New York where he

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