Edgar Allan Poe

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Date of Birth January 19, 1809
Place of Birth Boston, Massachusetts
Date of Death Oct 7, 1849 (40)
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Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer, poet, editor, and literary critic. Poe 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 as a whole, and he was one of the country's earliest practitioners of the short story. He is also generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre and is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. Poe was 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 his mother died the following year. Thus orphaned, the child was taken in by John and Frances Allan of Richmond, Virginia.

Born: Edgar Poe, January 19, 1809, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died: October 7, 1849, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Alma mater: University of Virginia, United States Military Academy
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About Edgar Allan Poe

An American literary icon known for his macabre tales and poems, he is most famous for "The Black Cat," "The Cask of Amontillado," "The Tell-Tale Heart," and other works of Gothic fiction. His timeless poems include "Lenore," "The Raven," and "Annabel Lee."

Before Fame

After his mother died of tuberculosis in 1811, Poe was informally adopted by a wealthy Scottish merchant named John Allan.


He was intensely interested in both cryptology and cosmology.

Family Life

The son of stage actors, he was named after a character in William Shakespeare's famous tragedy King Lear. He had a younger sister named Rosalie and an older brother named William. From 1835 until 1847, he was married to Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe.


Gaston Leroux followed in Poe's footsteps, making huge contributions to the French detective fiction genre.

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