Edgar Allen Poe Biography
Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts, and he died in 1849. He was one of the shortest lived poets of the United States. Besides being a poet, Poe was a critic, author, and also a short story writer. He has contributed greatly to the world of literature in his short life. One of the most popular chilling and gruesome story of his time was “The Fall of the House of Usher” in 1840.
He contributed mainly to the genre of horror stories and science fiction. Today, Poe has been designated with the honor as the Father of Modern Detective Story in America.
Poe’s own life was full of tragedies actually. He lost both his parents before he was 3 years old. At a young age, he witnessed several unheard tragedies and hardships that we can only imagine of. This aspect of his life is deeply reflected by the neurotic obsessions and dark passion revealed in his work. There are several mysteries that encapsulate Edgar Poe’s life. He was highly acclaimed for his criticism on poetries and short stories.
Edgar's parents were David Poe and Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins. They were both actors. He had one brother, William Henry, and a sister, Rosalie. However, he was orphaned at a young age, and was brought by foster parents. Edgar traveled to England in 1815 and went to school in Chelsea. In 1820, he came back to Richmond and went to the University of Virginia. While in school, he became alienated from his family that adopted him and got into habits like gambling. He also incurred several debts. Edgar studied Latin and poetry in university. Poe left school and joined the army. He served in the army for 2 years.
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