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Edgar Allan Poe

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Transcript of Edgar Allan Poe

Author Study
Life of Edgar Allan Poe
Abandoned by father
Mother died when he was 3
Separated from siblings, never saw them again
Sent to live with foster parents, the Allans in Virginia
His foster parents never formally adopted him.
School
Childhood
Poe attended school in Europe. At the age of 17 he began college at the University of Virginia. Mr. Allan gave Poe only 1/3 of the money he needed to pay for school. Poe began to gamble to make money but ended up in debt. Mr. Allan refused to help Poe pay his debts and he eventually had to drop out of school.
Military
Poe joined the army and shortly after being discharged, enrolled at West Point Military Academy. Meanwhile, Poe's foster mother, Mrs.Allan had grown very ill. He returned home to be with the only mother he had ever known. Unfortunately, by the time he got back, she was already dead and buried. Poe eventually got kicked out of West Point (it is believed
he did this intentionally)
Life
Mr. Allan died shortly after and left Poe nothing.
He was forced to move to Baltimore and live with his aunt.
Shortly after, he married his 13-year old cousin, Virginia Clemm.
Virginia died of tuberculosis 11 years later at the age of 24.
Work
Poe began publishing his work at an early age, however he did not live long enough to ever make a substantial amount of money.

He worked as a editor and harsh critic for several publications while penning his own works of poetry and fiction.

He is regarded as the father of the mystery story.
Death
There is great mystery
surrounding Poe's death.
Themes
There are some common themes in Poe's work. Many believe they are the result of the sad, difficult life he lived.
He was always known as an alcoholic and possible drug addict. While working in Philadelphia, he took a trip to Baltimore and disappeared for 5 days. He was found unconscious outside a bar. He was taken to a local hospital where he later died at the age of 40. No one knows for sure what he died from, some reports say alcohol poisoning, others say diabetes. Strangely, he
was found wearing clothes that were not his own, and was never coherent enough to explain what exactly
had happened to him.
women as victims
creepy settings
lost love
acute senses
the hiding of bodies
torture
revenge
insanity
alcoholism
Writing Style
- one of the first authors to write horror and mystery stories
Some Works
The Raven (poem)
The Fall of the House of Usher (old house & its secrets)
The Masque of the Red Death (horror about the great plague)
The Cask of Amontillado (story about revenge)
The Black Cat (horror story)
The Tell Tale Heart (horror story about murder)
Alone (poem)
The Murders of the Rue Morgue (a detective story)
Annabel Lee (poem)
Lenore (poem)
The Pit and the Pendulum (torture chamber)
Bernice (horror story)
Hop-Frog (revenge of a midget)
Some Words with a Mummy (a mummy speaks)
Your Task
1. In groups you will read one of Edgar Allan Poe's short stories.
2. You will write your own retelling of the story using common, everyday language so the story is easier to read & understand.
3. You will create an interesting, artistic cover for your retelling.
** Option 1 - You may choose to break the work up and give each team member a portion to rewrite.
** Option 2 - You may choose to rewrite each portion together as a team.
GOOD LUCK!
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