Edgar Allen Poe

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Edgar Allen Poe

Edgar Allen Poe was a great writer and made many contributions to the works of literature. He is known as the father of the American short story and also the father of the detective story. To understand Poe’s literary contributions, his early life, literacy life, and works must be examined. Each aspect of his life revolves around the other.

Edgar Allen Poe was born in Boston on January 19, 1809. He was born to a Southern family who belonged in a traveling company of actors. David Poe, his father, was from a Baltimore family, was an actor by profession, and heavily drank. Soon after Edgar’s birth, David Poe left his family. His mother, Elizabeth Arnold Poe, was also an actor and died of tuberculosis when
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While in Philadelphia, he wrote as the editor of both Burton’s Gentlemen’s Magazine and Graham’s Magazine. He also again entered another writing contest and won another hundred-dollar prize for “The Gold Bug”. Even after that win, Edgar again packed up and headed for New York. Successfully finding a job in New York, he began working as an assistant editor the Evening Mirror. This is where “The Raven” first appeared on January 29, 1845. The poem immediately caught the imagination of the public and was reprinted all over the country and even abroad in all kinds of papers and magazines. He only pocketed a few dollars for his poems though.

The year of 1845 was a lucky year for Poe. He published a collection of his tales and an edition of his poems named The Raven and Other Poems. He also became the editor of the weekly Broadway Journal. At this point in time, Edgar’s life was going accordingly. Then in January of 1848, his wife Virginia died of tuberculosis. Edgar broke down from her death and died on October 7, 1849.

His death is still a mystery to the world today. On October 3, 1849, he was taken to Washington College Hospital. The doctor attending to him no longer practiced and kept unclear notes. It is believed that Edgar had been mugged before brought to the hospital and he was not drunk when he arrived. Earlier in the weak he had been diagnosed with “lesions on the brain”. Those factors could have contributed

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