The Pit And The Pendulum By Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe is a well known American author whose works continue to influence literature today. His difficult life was impactful on his writing. He is mostly known for his dark writings, but he was also a talented adventure author. Poe’s past and the influence it had on his writing makes him an interesting author to research. “The Tell Tale Heart” as well as “The Pit and the Pendulum” are two of Poe’s well known short stories. “The Pit and the Pendulum” is written in a way that makes the reader feel as if he is a part of the story. “The Tell Tale Heart” is an extremely suspenseful story that keeps the reader intrigued. Edgar Allan Poe’s life illustrates that personal struggles can transform into great literature. His writing continues to challenge today’s authors to create stories that involve the reader and make stories come to life. Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809, in Boston, Massachusetts. His birth sent his family into a financial catastrophe (Meyers 4). He had a brother and a sister whom he was separated from at a young age. Sadly, his parents, David Poe Junior and Elizabeth Arnold, were both dead before he was 3 years old. Losing his parents at such a young age altered the course of his life. His childhood was filled with loneliness even after being taken in by another family(Silverman n. pag.). His new family was a rich tobacco merchant named John Allan and his wife Francis Valentine Allan (Silverman n. pag.). Although Poe had all
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