EDGAR ALLAN POE
THE MASTER OF HORROR
- Teaching life of Edgar Allan Poe,
- Teaching masterpieces of Edgar Allan Poe.
He was an American author, 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 generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre.Born in Boston, Poe was the second child of two actors. His father abandoned the family in 1810, and his mother died the following year. Thus orphaned, the child was taken in by John and Frances Allan, of Richmond, Virginia. Although they never formally adopted him, Poe was with them well into young adulthood.
On October 3, 1849, Poe was found on the streets of Baltimore delirious, "in great distress, and... in need of immediate assistance", according to the man who found him. Poe was never coherent long enough to explain how he came to be in his dire condition, and, oddly, was wearing clothes that were not his own. Poe is said to have repeatedly called out the name "Reynolds" on the night before his death, though it is unclear to whom he was referring. Some sources say Poe's final words were "Lord help my poor soul."All medical records, including his death certificate, have been lost.
Some of his short tales; The Black Cat, The Oval Portrait, The Murders in the
Rue Morgue... Poetry; Annabel Lee, Eldorado, Al Aaraaf, The Raven...