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 this.
    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 of work;
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);
What some consider to be the first detective story, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” was published in 1841;
The Prose Romances of Edgar A. Poe 1843
    These are but a smattering of his works, Mr. Poe died on October 2, 1849...
Not for his works He shall be _nevermore

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