You might be familiar with Edgar’s short stories, such as “The Fall of the House of Usher” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.” While Edgar has written several short stories that are loved by many, he has also written poems that consist of “The Raven”, “To Helen” and “The City in the Sea.”
Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts as the son of the English actress Elizabeth “Eliza” Poe and the American actor David Poe Jr. His father left around 1811 and soon afterwards his mother died presumably from tuberculosis when Edgar was 3. It is not known when exactly his father left, let alone when he died. There are rumors that suggest David Poe Jr. died 3 days after Elizabeth, but that has never been confirmed.
Edgar, now considered to be an orphan, was taken in by a rich merchant named John Allan and his wife Frances Allan in Richmond, Virginia. Edgar had 2 other siblings named William and Rosalie, but they both went on to live with other families. Over the course of the next several years, John Allan discouraged Edgar from going after his dreams of writing literature. John wanted Edgar to continue the family business, which was dealing with tobacco.
In 1826 Edgar left Richmond and started his education at the University of Virginia. Even though he did extremely well in his classes, he gathered up large amounts of debt. Edgar took to gambling in order to gather up the money for college, but he had no choice but to drop out when he finally ran out of money.
When Poe came back to Richmond, Virginia, he had discovered his fiance, Sarah Elmira Royster, was engaged to someone else. After discovering this heartbreaking betrayal, Poe moved to Boston. Around 1827, Edgar joined the army then later continued his education at United States Military Academy at West Point. He was only there for a year until he got kicked out for his “poor handling of his duties.”
After Edgar left West Point, he had already published three books and had already started to write as a full time job. Poe had a reputation of being a “cut throat critic” and was growing increasingly popular as a writer. Even though Edgar had a lot of challenges within his life that he had to face, he held his head up high and continued to write. When you hear the name Edgar Allan Poe you automatically think of a talented writer and a one of a kind man. And that’s exactly who he is.
Poe married his cousin Virginia when she was only 13
Edgar died when he was only 40 years old due to unknown causes
He constantly struggled financially
Poe was an athlete