Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe

Caitlynn Benkovich


Period 2

Edgar Allan Poe, January 19, 1809 - October 7, 1849. He was born as Edgar Poe in Boston, Massachusetts; he was orphaned at a young age when his mother sadly past shortly after his biological father abandoned them. Poe was adopted. He was taken in by John and Frances Allan, but they never formally adopted him. When Edgar was old enough he attended University of Virginia, but after on semester had finished, he dropped out. Soon after Poe enlisted in the army; but he failed as an officers cadet at West Point. He then decided to go separate ways with the Allan's. This was just the beginning of his story.

Edgar started his publishing career with an anonymous collection of poems. Tamerlane and Other Poems (1827), but it was credited only to a Bostonian. But he set that aside and decided to set his mind towards literary journals and periodicals, becoming known for his own style of literary criticism.

Having to move around a lot was all part of the job, it was forced upon fact. He moved to places like Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City. Traveling into Baltimore, Edgar met the woman he married, Virginia Clemm; she was his thirteen-year-old cousin. She passed away in 1847; cause of death was tuberculosis.

The Raven, published in January of 1845, gave Poe instant success. After the death of his wife, Virginia, 24, Edgar began planning and producing his own journal. It was titled The Penn (which was later renamed The Stylus). Sadly, before it could be published, Edgar died. The cause of death is still unknown.

In this time, this two year width span of time, Edgar became this famous. Two years after his wife's death that is. Poe was...