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Edgar Allan Poe Project


Joey Harris

on 27 October 2009

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Edgar Allan Poe The Life and Times of http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBC7Rown13Q Joey Harris
English 8-5
October 21, 2009 Edgar Allan Poe was a literary genius. He wrote stories and poems like no other. He had the vocabulary of a hundred men. He could write stories that would haunt your dreams. You would think about his short stories weeks after you had read them. What then was his life like? Edgar was born in Boston on January 19th 1809. His parent were David and Eliza Poe. David Poe abandoned his family. When Edgar was two, his mother died of consumption, leaving Edgar and his brother and sister alone. Edgar was taken in by John Allan. John never adopted Edgar. They moved to London in 1815 to take advantage of the tobacco market. In 1819 Allan’s business closed leaving him in lots of debt. As described in The New Yorker in the article The Humbug: A Critic at Large by Jill Lepore, “Poe turned poet. The earliest verses in his hand that survive were written when he was fifteen: "Last night, with many cares and toils oppress'd, / Weary, I laid me on a couch to rest." Adolescent melancholy, and nothing more. But on the same sheet of paper, just below Poe's scrawl, Allan had calculated the compound interest on a debt.”’ Poe worked his first real job as an editor of Southern Literary Messenger, a new monthly magazine. He soon lost his job due to drinking. In 1836 he got a job at Burton’s Gentlemen’s Magazine as associate editor. After he left Burton’s, he would become an assistant editor at Graham magazine. In 1842, Poe quit that job and was forced to take a job as an editor at the Broadway Journal. After that journal went under, he never found another job. Poe had published many works during the time he was working and unemployed. Some of those works are “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Masque of the Red Death,” “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” “The Raven,” “Annabel Lee,” and “Eldorado.” These works all made him famous, but not rich. All of Poe’s writings first appeared in a newspaper, magazine, or annual, even his novel “The Raven” was his most popular piece. He was paid very small amounts for his work, less than one hundred dollars apiece, ordinarily. In conclusion, Edgar Allan Poe’s life was one of struggle and hardship. He had lots of problems that he was never free of. He was stuck just above poverty his whole life, and he would never move up. He should have broken free, but with gambling and drinking, he never could. Thus fell one of the greatest literary geniuses of all time. http://www.poestories.com/timeline.php http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0743Lvr9IM Poe’s education was an odd happening. He attended school in England for five years, then moved back to the United States and went to school in Richmond. He registered at the University of Virginia in 1826. Mr. Allan, refused to pay off gambling debts. Without money, Poe could not continue school. Edgar gets in a big fight with Mr. Allan. After the quarrel, Edgar heads off to boston and enlists in the US army under the name Edgar A. Perry in 1827. He did well and received the rank of sergeant major. When Mrs. Allan died in 1829, John Allan tried to be nice to Edgar, and signed his application to Westpoint. When John Allan refused to send him money, Edgar broke rules to get discharged from the academy.
Edgar had many women in his life. He was married to his cousin, Virginia Clemm, and they were married for eleven years before she dies of tuberculosis. Before marriage, Poe had been seeing another woman named Sarah Witman. He again began courting her when they were both widows. Some people think that they got married because Poe said that he had a wife while he was delirious on his deathbed. Sarah denied this when asked.
Edgar had some problems that he never worked through in his life. He had gambling problems, resulting in dropping out of school and never having enough money. He had drinking problems which got worse when his wife was dying. His drinking problems led to problems such as lose of job, women leaving him, money problems, and possibly his death. Some people think that Edgar died because he drank too much and got into trouble. These problems lasted his whole life and never went away.
Edgar’s death is a very mysterious thing. He was found, one night in Baltimore,with clothes on that were not his. He was very sick and was taken to the hospital where he died in the morning. Nobody knows what events occurred before the death, or even how the death happened. There are many theories, including alcohol, rabies, mugging, and cooping. Some say that Poe was not even supposed to be in Baltimore, and that he took the wrong train. The mystery will befuddle Poe enthusiast forever. Lots of Poes loved ones died all about him, including his wife/cousin Virginia, his mother, and his foster parents. His wife died of tuberculosis, which possibly inspired a story of an artist who had just finished painting a portrait of his wife, when she died, and he was cursed to live forever. This must be what Poe felt like, as he had just finished writing about his wife.
Edgar is remembered as the inventor of horror. He is remembered as the author who wrote mind blowing tales of awful things. He was buried in a paupers cemetery until very recently when he was moved to a proper burial ground in Baltimore. All of Poe’s fans are much happier now knowing that their favorite horror writer is in a proper grave.
Many important things were around in Poe’s time. Abraham Lincoln was born, The war of 1812 happened. Charles Darwin was born, and “Frankenstein” was written. Poe lived through the year without a summer, and Beethoven died. Charles Dickens wrote “Oliver Twist”, and Karl Marx wrote “Communist Manifesto”. So many things happened in that time period, and Edgar Allan Poe stands as one of the greatest.
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Wilson, James. “Poe’s Life”
Unknown, unknown <http://poemuseum.org/poes_life/index.html>

Giordano, Robert. "A short biography of Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)."
27 June 2005. 8 March 2007 <http://www.poestories.com/biography.php>

The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore. “ The Mysterious DEath of Edgar Allan Poe”
24 January 2009, unknown <http://www.eapoe.org/geninfo/poedeath.htm>

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