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Edgar Allen Poe's life was bombarded with misery, financial problems, and death but he still managed to become a world-renowned writer.

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Edgar Allen Poe's life was bombarded with misery, financial problems, and death but he still managed to become a world-renowned writer. Although he attended the most prestigious of schools he was often looked over as a writer and poet during his career. His stories were odd and misunderstood during their time. However, now they are loved a read by millions. On January 19, 1809 Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts at a lodging house. His parents David and Elizabeth Poe were professional actors who toured with a theatrical company. On December 8, 1811 his mother died of tuberculosis in Richmond, Virginia (Introduction). In July of 1810 Edgar's father vanished and it is speculated that he may have died December 11, 1811 in Norfolk, Virginia, just three days after his mother's death, but there is no record of this. In Richmond, Edgar was now taken into the home of the successful tobacco merchant, John Allan (Introduction). Edgar was never officially adopted but his foster parents acquired "Allan" into his name. In 1815 the Allans moved to Liverpool, England aboard the Lothair. While there, Edgar was sent to the finest schools, taught every proper accomplishment and brought up with the habits of elegant society (Introduction). ...read more.

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On the morning of October 9th Elmira Royster Shelton, a childhood girlfriend of Poe's and at the current time fianc�, picked up the Richmond Daily Whig and read the following startling column. "DEATH OF EDGAR A. POE. - We regret to learn that Edgar A. Poe, Esq., the distinguished American poet, scholar and critic, died in this city yesterday morning, after an illness of four or five days. This announcement, coming so sudden and unexpected, will cause poignant regret among all who admire genius, and have sympathy for the frailties too often attending it. Mr. Poe, we believe, was a native of this State, though reared by a foster-father at Richmond VA., where he lately spent some time on a visit. He was in the 38th year of his age." (Walsh 34) This brief paragraph had been reprinted from the previous day's Baltimore Sun. After being taken to the hospital, he was unable to say what happened to him, where he had been all that time, or who he had been with. After another few days of quiet and raving delirium, Poe died. The initial cause of death was "inflammation of the brain" or "congestion of the brain" which was caused by alcohol (Walsh 34-35). ...read more.

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As mentioned previously, Poe worked for many different magazines as a columnist, storywriter, and editor. In Graham's Magazine, Poe's "Murders in the Rue Morgue" was featured. This story was the first modern detective story. Later, in 1843, Poe won a one hundred-dollar prize from the Dollar Newspaper for his tale of pirate treasure, "The Gold-Bug" (Poe Chronology). Poe's horror stories, or Arabesque stories, are the most famous and the most read. Poe's horror stories are different from other authors of his time. These stories do not create suspense and do not frighten the reader but give the reader a chill. He shows the pain of both the victim and the torturer as in "The Cask of Amontillado" to make the story very captivating (Introduction). Edgar Allan Poe obviously had a life that was often times lacking happiness. It was a life filled with misfortune and ugliness. Even though he we through trails and tribulations he was able to write numerous sorties. Poe's use of symbolism, imagery, irony, the terror inflicted on his characters, and his characters mental illnesses are all ways he connects with his readers. Poe's haunting descriptions and similarities between his life and his works draws the reader into a state of pity and sorrow while at the same times leaving them with a feeling of satisfaction. ...read more.

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