Edgar Allan Poe Essay

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Edgar Allan Poe had a life full of tragedies. He is best known for his mysterious and macabre stories and is considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre. He is one of the first well-know writers that tried to earn a living writing alone, which resulted in a financially difficult career. His works have been printed since 1827 and include classic histories as “The Tell-Tale Heart”, “The Raven”, and “The Fall of the House of Usher”.
Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 19, 1809. He was the second child of Elizabeth Arnold Poe and David Poe, Jr., both traveling actors. His older brother was William Henry Leonard Poe, and his younger sister was Rosalie Poe. Poe’s father left their family in 1810, and later both of his parents die from tuberculosis. John Allan and his wife Frances Valentine Allan took care of Poe, while Poe’s siblings were taken by other families. He then travels with the Allan family to England for five years. Back in United States, Poe attends the University of Virginia but later drops out because Allan did not give him sufficient money and Poe’s debts increased. In 1827, he traveled to Boston and worked different jobs. Since he couldn’t support himself, he decided to join the United States Army.
He enlisted as a private using the name “Edgar A. Perry”; he also claimed he was 22 years old when he really was 18. Shortly after he published his first book, Tamerlane and Other Poems, of which there was only 50 copies printed. After serving two years in the Army, Poe sought to end his five year enlistment early so he revealed his real name and circumstances to the commanding officer, Lieutenant Howard. Howard told him that he would be discharge only if he reconciled with Allan. After Fr...

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...ugh to be able to explain it. There are many different theories of what happened to Edgar Allan Poe. Theories as to what caused Poe's death include suicide, murder, cholera, rabies, syphilis, influenza, and that Poe was a victim of cooping. Evidence of the influence of alcohol is strongly disputed.
Poe’s medical records and documents have been lost; no one knows what happened to them. Because of this many people have different theories based on different phases of his life; for example the suicide theory is based in the fact that in 1848 he nearly died from overdose of laudanum.
Poe’s funeral was held on October 8, 1849. It was a simple one and few people attended the ceremony. The ceremony lasted only a few minutes in the cold, damp weather.
People now are still trying to figure out how Edgar Allan Poe died. Even after his death he creates controversy and mystery.
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