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Anastasia Carter

Mrs. Freda

English 10 CP

8 May 2014

Biography of Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston in 1809. He was a beloved American short story writer, poet, and critic. Poe's father disappeared by the age of 3. However, his dearest mother died shortly after moving her and her family to Richmond. John Allan was Poe's illegitimate foster father due to the fact that John hadn't legally adopted Edgar. Poe accompanied the Allans to England and was educated there from 1815 to 1820. Poe later wrote about this time period in "William Wilson" Tensions developed between the two, and by 1826, Poe received little support from Allan. Around this time, Poe anonymously published his first book of poetry and later went on to enlist in the army. Edgar's early poetry was derivative, taking from romantic conventions that held a symbolic heft. Poe was said to have scorned didactic poetry that expressed conventional sentiments.

In the mid-1830s, Poe began establishing his reputation as a short-story write, which in turn led to an editorial position at Southern Literary Messenger. Edgar also greatly favored American writers such as Nathaniel Hawthorne. Edgar Allan Poe often rejected realism in favor of highly subjective, metaphysical fantasies. Poe's longest piece of fiction was "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym." By the late 1830s and early 1840s Poe was the most celebrated short story writer. His subject was often described as brooding human consciousness of death and wanting to be immortal. He was thrilled in exploring characters in many states of extremity. Poe's amazing work challenged the optimism of popular American literature, as well as confronting the human impulse to repeat self-destructive acts during this period. "The Philosophy of Composition" emphasizes the importance of form over content. Poe was also known...