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Biography of Edgar Allen Poe
Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American writer, poet, editor and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story and is considered the inventor of the detective-fiction genre. He is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction.[1] He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.[2]
He was born as Edgar Poe in Boston, Massachusetts; he was orphaned young when his mother died shortly after his father abandoned the family. Poe was taken in by John and Frances Allan, of Richmond, Virginia, but they never formally adopted him. He attended the University of Virginia for one semester but left due to lack of money. After enlisting in the Army and later failing as an officer's cadet at West Point, Poe parted ways with the Allans. Poe's publishing career began humbly, with an anonymous collection of poems, Tamerlane and Other Poems (1827), credited only to "a Bostonian".
Poe switched his focus to prose and spent the next several years working for literary journals and periodicals, becoming known for his own style of literary criticism. His work forced him to move between several cities, including Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City. In Baltimore in 1835, he married Virginia Clemm, his 13-year-old cousin. In January 1845, Poe published his poem "The Raven" to instant success. His wife died of tuberculosis two years later. He began planning to produce his own journal, The Penn (later renamed The Stylus), though he died before it could be produced. On October 7, 1849, at age 40, Poe died in Baltimore; the cause of his death is unknown and has been variously attributed to alcohol, brain congestion, cholera, drugs, heart disease, rabies, suicide, tuberculosis, and other agents.[3]
Poe and his works influenced literature in the United States and around the world, as well as in specialized fields, such as cosmology and cryptography. Poe and his work appear throughout popular culture in literature, music, films, and television. A number of his homes are dedicated museums today.

 

Contents of this Ebook:

The Black Cat
The Angel of the Odd--An Extravaganza
The Balloon-Hoax
Berenice
The Business Man
The Cask of Amontillado
The Conversation of Eiros And Charmion
Criticism
A Descent Into the Maelstrom
Diddling
The Duc De L'Omlette
An Enigma
The Facts In the Case of M. Valdemar
The Fall of the House of Usher
Four Beasts In One--the Homo-Cameleopard
The Gold-Bug
Hans Phaall
Hop-Frog Or the Eight Chained Ourang-Outangs
How To Write A Blackwood Article
The Imp of the Perverse
The Island of the Fay
Landor's Cottage
Lionizing
"Literary Life of Thingum Bob, Esq."
The Man of the Crowd
The Man That Was Used Up
Marginalia
The Masque of the Red Death
Mellonta Tauta
Mesmeric Revelation
Metzengerstein
Morella
Morning On the Wissahiccon
Manuscript Found In A Bottle
The Murders In the Rue Morgue
The Mystery of Marie Roget
Mystification
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket
Never Bet the Devil Your Head
The Oblong Box
The Oval Portrait
The Pit And the Pendulum
The Power of Words
A Predicament
The Premature Burial
The Purloined Letter
A Parable
A Fable
Some Words With A Mummy
The Spectacles
The Sphinx
The System of Dr. Tarr And Prof. Fether
Tale of Jerusalem
A Tale of the Ragged Mountains
The Tell-Tale Heart
Thou Art the Man
The Thousand-And-Second Tale of Scheherazade
Three Sundays In A Week
King Pest
Von Kempelen And His Discovery
Why the Little Frenchman Wears His Hand In A Sling
William Wilson
X-Ing A Paragrab

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