Edgar Allan Poe

January 19, 1809-Octorbor 7, 1849

Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston Massachusetts. His parents were David and Elizabeth Poe, and his siblings were Henry and Rosalie. Both of  Poe's parents died in 1811. At nearly 3 years old Poe became an orphan and was adopted by John Allan. He was sent to a boarding school in London. He later attended the University of Virginia for one year. In 1829 Poe was a West Point cadet, but was expelled after 6 months because of his disobedience.  Then Poe moved in with his aunt and later got married to his cousin Virginia Eliza Clemm.

Poe's first novel, The Narrative of  Arthur Gordon Pym, was published in 1838. Two years later his story collection, Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque, is published into two volumes. What really boosted Poe's popularity was The Raven which was published in 1845. Poe's writing is usually more dark and gothic. It has a hidden moral or message in it. Some poets works are inspired by Poe.

An Excerpt from The Raven

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing,

Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before;

But the silence was unbroken, and the darkness gave no token,

And the only word there spoken was the whispered word "Lenore!"

This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word "Lenore!"

.` Merely this, and nothing more