Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe ( Edgar Poe; January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American writer, poet, editor, and literary critic who is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States, and of American literature. He was one of the country's earliest practitioners of the short story, and is considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre, as well as a significant contributor to the emerging genre of science fiction. He is the first well-known American writer to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.

Poe was born in Boston, the second child of actors David and Elizabeth "Eliza" Poe. His father abandoned the family in 1810, and when his mother died the following year, Poe was taken in by John and Frances Allan of Richmond, Virginia. They never formally adopted him, but he was with them well into young adulthood. He attended the University of Virginia but left after a year due to lack of money. He quarreled with John Allan over the funds for his education, and his gambling debts. In 1827, having enlisted in the United States Army under an assumed name, he published his first collection, ''Tamerlane and Other Poems'', credited only to "a Bostonian". Poe and Allan reached a temporary rapprochement after the death of Allan's wife in 1829. Poe later failed as an officer cadet at West Point, declared a firm wish to be a poet and writer, and parted ways with Allan.

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 among several cities, including Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City. In 1836, he married his 13-year-old cousin, Virginia Clemm, but she died of tuberculosis in 1847. In January 1845, he published his poem "The Raven" to instant success. He planned for years to produce his own journal ''The Penn'' (later renamed ''The Stylus''), but before it could be produced, he died in Baltimore on October 7, 1849, aged 40, under mysterious circumstances. The cause of his death remains unknown, and has been variously attributed to many causes including disease, alcoholism, substance abuse, and suicide.

Poe and his works influenced literature around the world, as well as specialized fields such as cosmology and cryptography. He and his work appear throughout popular culture in literature, music, films, and television. A number of his homes are dedicated museums. The Mystery Writers of America present an annual Edgar Award for distinguished work in the mystery genre. Provided by Wikipedia
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    by Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849
    Published 1838
    New York : Harper & Brothers, 1838.
    201 p. : ill.
  2. 2
    by Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849
    Published 1947
    Maisūru : Viśvasāhitya, 1947.
    93 p. ; 18 cm.
  3. 3
    by Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849
    Published 1845
    New York : Wiley and Putnam, 1845.
    228 p.
  4. 4
    by Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849
    Published 1840
    Philadelphia : Lea and Blanchard, 1840.
    2 v.
  5. 5
    by Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849
    Published 1881
    Philadelphia, Porter & Coates [c1881]
    24 l. illus. 20 cm.
    Also available in digital form on the Internet Archive Web site.
  6. 6
    by Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849
    Published 1926
    Paris : Émile-Paul Frères, [1926?]
    123 p.
  7. 7
    by Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849
    Published 1843
    Philadelphia : W. H. Graham, 1843.
    48 p.
  8. 8
    by Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849
    Published 1850
    New York : J.S. Redfield, 1850.
    2 v. : port.
  9. 9
    by Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849
    Published 1882
    New York, Thomas Crowell [c1882]
    196 p. front. (port.) 19 cm.
  10. 10
    by Hagarty, W. H.
    Published 1896
    50 leaves in various foliations.
    Other Authors: ...Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849...
  11. 11
    by Albert Torrellas, Alberto
    Published 1908
    Barcelona : Baxarias, [1908?]
    13 p.
    Other Authors: ...Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849...
  12. 12
    Published 1845
    New-York : [John Bisco, 1845-1846]
    2 v. ; 29 cm.
    Other Authors: ...Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849...
  13. 13
    Published 1838
    Baltimore : Bayly and Burns, 1838.
    viii, 296 p., 2 leaves of plates : ill. ; 20 cm.
    Other Authors: ...Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849...
  14. 14
    by Lorde, André de, 1871-1942
    Published 1909
    Paris : Librairie Charpentier et Fasquelle, 1909
    xxv, 319 p.
    Other Authors: ...Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849...

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