Edgar Allan Poe
|US Postal Service Honors Edgar Allan Poe
|Richmond Virginia October 7,1949, Cachet by Harry Ioor
American poet, critic, short story writer, and
author,master of the macabre and exotic horror tales as well as Father of the Detective Story. Edgar Allan Poe was born
to traveling actors in Boston on January 19, 1809. Edgar was the second of three children . Within three years of Poe’s
birth both of his parents had died, and he was taken in by a wealthy tobacco merchant John Allan and his wife Frances Valentine
Allan in Richmond, Virginia. Mr. Allan would rear Poe to be a businessman and a Virginia gentleman, but Poe had dreams of
being a writer in emulation of his childhood hero the British poet Lord Byron. Early poetic verses found written in a young
Poe’s handwriting on the backs of Allan’s ledger sheets reveal how little interest Poe had in the tobacco business.
By the age of thirteen, Poe had compiled enough poetry to publish a book, but his headmaster advised Allan against allowing
He entered the University of Virginia but due to his gambling & drinking he was forced to
leave college, He then with the help of his foster father entered West Point , but again he was expelled due to "gross
neglect of duty". In 1831 His foster father at this point disowned him. He spent most of his life in abject poverty with
sporadic bouts with alcohol , gambling, and temper tantrums.
Poe was in love many times but married
but once in 1836 to his 13 year old cousin, Virginia Clemm, it lasted 11 years when in 1847, after several years of
illness, his young wife succmbed to tuberculosis. Poe's private hell no matter what the causes never stopped the flow
1827 “Dreams”—Oh! that my young life were a lasting dream! first appeared in the Baltimore
North American, the same year his first book Tamerlane and Other Poems was published, at his own expense.
1829 his second
book Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane and Minor Poems was published. New York City.
Poe’s only completed novel
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym was published in 1838.
“The Fall of the House of Usher” (1840);
some consider to be the first detective story, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” was published in 1841;
Prose Romances of Edgar A. Poe 1843
These are but a smattering of his works, Mr. Poe died on October
Not for his works He shall be _nevermore