Poe is most renowned for his poems and short stories, notably his dark and gruesome tales. He is largely considered as a pivotal character in American Romanticism and American literature in general, and he was one of the country's early practitioners of the short tale. His work influenced many prominent writers including Mark Twain and Stephen King.
Poe was born on January 19th, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. His parents were not married and his mother was already married to another man when she met Poe's father. She had several other children by her previous husband and after this marriage fell apart she took charge of Poe and his siblings. She worked hard to provide for them and made sure they had everything they needed.
When Poe was only seven years old, his family moved to Richmond, Virginia where his mother found employment as a teacher. However, she did not enjoy being out in the cold and decided to move the family back to Boston where she could be near her relatives. But before they could settle down, his mother died from tuberculosis. At the age of nine, Poe was sent to live with an uncle and aunt who owned a small newspaper office. Here, he learned how to write news articles and carry out publishing tasks which would help him establish himself as a professional writer later in life.
During his teenage years, Poe fell in love with Sarah Elmira Royster.
Edgar Allan Poe (/poU/; born Edgar Poe on January 19, 1809; died October 7, 1849) was an American poet, writer, editor, and literary critic. He also published philosophical essays, political letters, and reviews.
Poe was the only child of William Wilson Poe and Mary Floyd. His father was a poor lawyer who had financial difficulties, forcing him to move often. When Edgar was eight years old, his parents divorced and his mother soon married another man. This second marriage did not last long either and by the time he was twelve, Poe's mother had married yet again. She went through several more marriages before she died when Edgar was twenty-five years old.
He spent his early years in Baltimore, Maryland; Richmond, Virginia; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He never met his father and had little contact with his siblings. At the age of seventeen, he dropped out of school to work as an assistant editor at a newspaper in Richmond. A few months later, he moved to Baltimore where he worked as an editorial writer for another newspaper. In 1835, at the age of twenty-one, he became editor of the Southern Literary Messenger. Two years later, he moved back to Richmond where he remained until his death at the age of forty.
Throughout his life, Edgar Allan Poe was poor.
Poe was an American writer who was a member of the Romantic Movement's Dark Romanticism sub-genre. He rose to prominence as a poet, short story writer, editor, and literary critic for his dark, horrific stories of terror, effectively establishing the genre of Gothic literature. His work influenced many later writers, including H. G. Wells, William Shakespeare, Thomas Hardy, James Joyce, and David Lynch.
Poe is considered one of the founders of modern poetry, since he was one of the first poets to publish his works independently, without any help from publishers. His poems were also some of the first that used blank verse, a form of English poetry that has no set number of lines per poem or poem length overall.
His best known poems are "The Raven", "Annabel Lee", "The Bells", and "Ulalume". Many of his poems deal with themes such as death, madness, loneliness, and despair. This shows how much impact his work had on other writers in the 19th century, when these poems were written.
After publishing several books of poetry and editing other people's works for a living, Poe eventually went bankrupt and died at the age of 40. However, his influence on American literature can still be seen today in authors like Stephen King and J. K. Rowling.