I thought it was about time I did an article on Edgar Allan Poe. He has influenced many great writers and without him literature as we know it today would not be the same.
Edgar Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts, January 19 1809. His parents were only around for a year or two after he was born. His father left and his mother died a year later, making Edgar an orphan. He was taken in by a Frances and John Allan, but never formally adopted, his name became Edgar Allan Poe. In young adult-hood Edgar became more and more interested in writing. Poetry was the form of writing that Edgar seemed to be most fond of before he decided to try his hand at stories. Much of Edgar’s work has a dark romanticism about it. Edgar Allan Poe died October 7th, 1849 under mysterious circumstances.
Here are some interesting facts that you may not of known about Edgar Allan Poe:
The first thing Edgar published was in 1827, a pamphlet of poems, most of which were written when he was 14.
Edgar was poor majority of his life.
The Raven was Edgar’s most successful poem. The Raven came about when he was trying to set himself a personal challenge of writing a 100 line poem. He in fact wrote 108 lines.
The creation of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was inspired by a french detective that Edgar wrote about.
Edgar married his cousin Virginia when she was 13 and he was about 26 or 27. The marriage lasted 11 years until she died.
He joined that army at one stage under the false name of Edgar. A. Perry
Edgar Allan Poe was actually considered quite handsome by many people, only in his final years did he grow more facial hair and have a permanently brooding look about him.
Edgar Allan Poe had a rival and his name was Rufus Griswold. Edgar didn’t have a very high opinion of Rufus and questioned his literary integrity. Rufus managed to succeed Edgar by becoming the editor of Graham’s magazine. After Edgar’s death, Griswold decided to write an obituary and also a false biography depicting Edgar to be a raving drunk mad-man.
Many theories exist on why Edgar died. He was discovered on a Baltimore street wearing someone else’s clothes October 3rd. Edgar woke days later at the Washington Medical College where his final words were: “Lord, help my poor soul.” Some of the theories surrounding his death include: Alcoholism, heart disease, drugs, rabies, suicide, murder and a brain tumor.
Edgar Allan Poe loved cats and they loved him. Supposedly he had a tortoiseshell cat named Caterina that died two weeks after he did.
Edgar was buried in an un-marked grave. Rumours and gossip started to spread and finally a tombstone was ordered, strangely enough though it was destroyed in a train accident.
Some writing by Edgar Allan Poe that you should check out:
The Raven A Dream Within a Dream The Bells Lenore
The City in the Sea Tamerlane Eulalie To Helen
The Conqueror Worm The Haunted Palace
Ulalume Annabel Lee Eldorado Al Aaraaf
The Murders in the Rue Morgue The Oval Portrait The Tell-Tale Heart
The Black Cat Morella The Premature Burial Ligeia
The Purloined Letter The Gold-Bug The Imp of the Perverse
The Fall of the House of Usher The Pit and the Pendulum
The Masque of the Red Death
The Cask of Amontillado Hop-Frog
The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether
A Descent into the Maelstrom
The Facts in the Case of M. Vlademar