The Life of Edgar Allan Poe

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A Dream Within a Dream: The Life of Edgar Allan Poe

As short fiction has become a more accepted genre in literary circles, Edgar Allan Poe’s stories become more popular. He’s story passed on and on, and he now consider to be the father of the short story by many. His stories were strong and powerful, one called them mystery. Not only his story, but also his life.
Edgar Allan Poe was a famous detective story, science fiction, horror fiction, symbolism story and aestheticism story author in America, he was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. Poe was the second child in his family, he had two siblings Henry and Rosalie. Both of Edgar’s parents died when he was very young. Edgar’s mother Elizabeth died
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“The Raven” that published in 1845 made Poe a household name. He joined the United States army in 1827. “He later became an editor at the Southern Literary Messenger and an assistant editor of Burton's Gentleman's Magazine. After that, he became a short stories' author in early 1836. He also wrote as a critic of other literary works. Edgar Allan Poe was famous for both his gothic horror writing and the gothic horror of his life and he was generally credited with inventing the modern detective or short stories”(The life of Poe, 76-77).
“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary”(Edgar Allan Poe: His Life and Legacy 76). One contemporary described him as "a pretty wild young man" yet failed into depression and turned to excessive drinking. He had a gambling problem in his early life. After his father and mother died, Poe became a foster child of John and Frances Allan. John Allan had a lot of money by that time, he sent Poe to the best boarding schools. Later he sent him to the University of Virginia, at his age of 17 in 1826. Drinking and gambling, that’s what most college frishmans does at that time. Poe claimed that because of insufficient funds(he’s rich foster father gave him a mere $100 to cover yearly expenses that was at least $500, then he quickly fall into debt. After a year of school, he was 2,500
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