A Brief Biography of Edgar Allan Poe

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Thesis Edgar Allan Poe was a fictional writer that astonished readers with his many mysterious poems and his tales of horror such as “The Raven”, “Annabelle Lee”, and “The Fall of the house of Usher”. Biography Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston Massachusetts. (A-1) His parents were English born actors Elizabeth Arnold Poe and David Poe Jr. (A-2) After his parents died he was raised by his godfather John Allen, a wealthy Richmond merchant. (B-1) The Allan’s took him to Europe where he began his education in schools in Scotland and in England. (B-2) He returned to the U.S. in 1820 and continued his schooling in Richmond and in 1826 he went to the University of Virginia. (B-3) Poe showed remarkable scholastic ability in classical and romance languages but he was forced to leave the university after 8 months cause of quarrels with his godfather over his gambling debts. (B-4) John refused to pay Poe’s debts and forced him to work as a clerk. Edgar disliked his new duties as a clerk so he quit his job and estranging Allen and went to Boston where he wrote his first book Tamerlane and other poems (1827) it was published anomously. (C-2) Poverty from his gambling debts forced him to enlist into the army where he wrote his second volume of verse Al Aaraaf, was published. (B-5, C-3) Poe was honorably discharged from the army because of the deathbed plea of his foster mother. (B-6) He achieved an unenthusiastic reconciliation with his Godfather. Allen secured him an appointment to U.S. the military academy at West Point, but he was soon dismissed after a few months for neg... ... middle of paper ... ...Cure, The Allan Parsons Project, Bauhaus, The Yardbirds, Panic at The disco, and 30 seconds to mars. Movies and TV shows influenced by him are generally horror movies and shows. Here are some of the movies influenced by Poe The Crow, El Dorado, The Last of the Mohicans, The Lost Boys, Born to Dance, Nightmare before Christmas, and Dead Zone (based on Stephen King's novel. conclusion Even though Poe is gone you can still see how he influenced the world today. Without him we would have never discovered the genre of horror, we would never have the music or movies we have today. Poe influenced many writers in their lives and their work. He wrote many amazing poems that reflected on the hard life that he had. Like many of his stories and his poems he died mysteriously at the age of 40. (C-9)
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