Edgar Allan Poe, critic, mystery and short story writer, but most importantly a poet, all these titles help to describe the multitalented genius that is Edgar Allan Poe. Edgar Allan Poe lived only 40 short years (1809-1849), yet his body of work is as rich a literary legacy as any published author.
Poe was born into an acting family, both mother and father were actors, but their tragic death in 1812, left young Edgar to be raised by his Godfather John Allan, a wealthy merchant in Richmond Virginia. Poe was educated abroad and later at the University of Virginia. His relationship with his Godfather was not always an easy one; arguments over Edgar's gambling eventually led to a parting of ways and a tour of duty in the army for Poe due to financial necessity. There was a reconciliation with John Allan, only to have the relationship chill again once John Allan remarried.
Tamerlane and other poems (1827) was Edgar Allen Poe's first published literary work, followed by two other works a few years later. These early works were not met with the critical acclaim that would later be bestowed upon him. He moved to Baltimore to live with his Aunt Clemm and her daughter Virginia. He secured a job as editor of the, Southern Literary Messenger, this job was short lived and ended with Poe being fired because of his drinking problem.
In 1836, Poe married his 13 old cousin Virginia Clemm. In 1837 they moved to New York City, where he published The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym (1838). Eventually he moved to Philadelphia, where he edited two different magazines. During this time of being an editor, he earned a reputation for being a well respected, if not feared, critic. His magazine articles were collected and published in Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque (1840). He had continued as editor of various publications like the Evening Mirror.
The Raven and Other Poems (1845), is what made Edgar Allan Poe famous, not only in the States, but abroad as well. His recognition from this work had catapulted Poe from a well respected editor and critic, to the spotlight in which his genius deserved.
His wife passed away in 1847, and he started courting, Sarah Helen Whitman, but on returning to Richmond, he fell in love with his childhood sweetheart Elmira Royster and planned on marriage. On the trip North to pick up his Aunt for the wedding, Poe ended up consuming too much alcohol and died a few days later from this binge drinking.
This short biography of Poe only scratches the surface of his interesting, often troubled life, and I would suggest you stop off at your library to read more about Poe's life and times or perhaps look on Yahoo for more information about this troubled genius.
This web page is strictly dedicated to his poetry. You'll find all his major poetic endeavors in the poetry section of the website. I wrote this page because Poe's poetry makes you think beyond the ordinary and explores topics other poets dare not touch. I hope you enjoy this web page. Thank you.