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Edgar Allan Poe Biography
Transcript of Edgar Allan Poe Biography
Edgar Allan Poe
Heartbroken and no where else to go he returned to his house
Later left to pursue his dream of becoming a poet
Enlisted in the Army because he wanted to find adventure
After the death of step-mother he reconciled with John
Around this time he had published two books already
After a year in New York, Poe moved to Philadelphia in 1838 and wrote for a number of different magazines.
In spite of his growing fame he was still barely making a living.
For the publication of his first book of short stories,
Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque
, he was paid in 25 free copies of his own book.
On a trip to Philadelphia he stopped in Baltimore and disappeared for five days.
He spent his last few days in a hospital with strangers
Those close to him didn't not know of his fate until they read it in the newspaper.
He died at the age of 40 and the exact cause remains a mystery.
"Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence– whether much that is glorious– whether all that is profound– does not spring from disease of thought– from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect." -Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe was born January 19th 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts.
He was parent less by the age of three.
Taken in by the wealthy tobacco merchant John Allan & his wife Frances.
They taught him to be a businessman and to be a Virginia gentleman. What he really wanted was to be a writer like his childhood hero, poet Lord Byron.
In 1826 he left for the University of Virginia
Poe turned to gambling to raise money.
Desperately poor he had to burn his furniture to keep warm.
When he returned home he visited his Fiancee Elmira Royster only to find that she was engaged to someone else during his absence.
His aunt, Maria Clemm became his new mother and her daughter, Virginia Clemm his new love interest.
Still living in poverty he continued to publish short stories
He was able to establish connections by winning a contest with one of his short stories and landed an editorial position
At the age of 27 he married Virginia Clemm and it was said to be a happy marriage.
Dissatisfied with low pay and lack of editorial control he decided to move to New York.
Struggled to find magazine work he published his one and only novel,
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym.
The January 1845 publication of “The Raven” made Poe a household name.
He was driven out of the city in 1846 because of his wife's deteriorating health and rumors that he was having an affair with a married woman.
That winter of 1847 Virginia passed away and Poe was unable to write for months.
He was so devastated many of his critics assumed it wouldn't be long until he passed away too.