Edgar Allen Poe


    Edgar Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 19, 1809, the second child of english born actress, Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins Poe and actor David Poe Jr. Edgar had been named after one of the characters in William Shakespeare's King Lear, a play that the couple performing in 1809. His father had abandoned his family and his mother had died so he was taken under care of John Allan, a scottish merchant. The Allans served as a foster family and later renamed him Edgar Allan Poe.  

    Edgar Allan Poe was an American author, poet, editor, and a literary critic. He is best known for his tales of mystery and is considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre. He is also credited for contributing to the emerging of the science fiction genre. After he left John Allan he then started looking towards being a writer. Through his career he had written many journals and his poem "the raven".  He had later died on October 7, 1849 at age 40. Poe and his work appear popularly through literature, music, films, and television.

Sample Poem

A Dream

In visions of the dark night
I have dreamed of joy departed-
But a waking dream of life and light
Hath left me broken-hearted.

Ah! what is not a dream by day
To him whose eyes are cast
On things around him with a ray
Turned back upon the past?

That holy dream- that holy dream,
While all the world were chiding,
Hath cheered me as a lovely beam
A lonely spirit guiding.

What though that light, thro' storm and night,
So trembled from afar-
What could there be more purely bright
In Truth's day-star?

Edgar Allan Poe