Edgar Allan Poe: The Fever Called Living by Paul CollinsLooming large in the popular imagination as a serious poet and lively drunk who died in penury, Edgar Allan Poe was also the most celebrated and notorious writer of his day. He died broke and alone at the age of forty, but not before he had written some of the greatest works in the English language, from the chilling “The Tell-Tale Heart” to “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”—the first modern detective story—to the iconic poem “The Raven.”
Poe’s life was one of unremitting hardship. His father abandoned the family, and his mother died when he was three. Poe was thrown out of West Point, and married his beloved thirteen-year-old cousin, who died of tuberculosis at twenty-four. He was so poor that he burned furniture to stay warm. He was a scourge to other poets, but more so to himself.
In the hands of Paul Collins, one of our liveliest historians, this mysteriously conflicted figure emerges as a genius both driven and undone by his artistic ambitions. Collins illuminates Poe’s huge successes and greatest flop (a 143-page prose poem titled Eureka), and even tracks down what may be Poe’s first published fiction, long hidden under an enigmatic byline. Clear-eyed and sympathetic, Edgar Allan Poe is a spellbinding story about the man once hailed as “the Shakespeare of America.”
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Sign in. His father, named David Poe Jr. Both parents died in , and Poe became an orphan before he was 3 years old. He was adopted by John Allan, a tobacco merchant in Richmond, Virginia, and was sent to a boarding school in London, England. He later attended the University of Virginia for one year, but dropped out and ran up massive gambling debts after spending all of his tuition money. Poe was heartbroken, traumatized, and broke. He had no way out and enlisted in the army in May of
Edgar Allan Poe is credited with initiating the modern detective story , developing the Gothic horror story , and being a significant early forerunner of the science fiction form. He drifted in and out of consciousness, hallucinating and speaking nonsense. After his mother died in Richmond , Virginia, in , he was taken into the home of John Allan, a Richmond merchant presumably his godfather , and of his childless wife. He was later taken to Scotland and England —20 , where he was given a classical education that was continued in Richmond. For 11 months in he attended the University of Virginia , but his gambling losses at the university so incensed his guardian that he refused to let him continue, and Poe returned to Richmond to find his sweetheart, Sarah Elmira Royster, engaged.
Unlike many biographies that just seem to go on and on, I've tried to compose one short enough to read in a single sitting. Edgar Poe was born in Boston on January 19, That makes him Capricorn, on the cusp of Aquarius. His parents were David and Elizabeth Poe. David was born in Baltimore on July 18,
On this day in , poet, author and literary critic Edgar Allan Poe is born in Boston, Massachusetts.
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A few months later, the Placide and Green Company, a traveling acting troupe, brings Elizabeth Poe and her children to Richmond, Virginia. Their journey by ship takes about four weeks. Poe reportedly holds vigil by her grave. In December despite excelling at his studies, Poe leaves the University of Virginia due to significant gambling debts and other unpaid bills, which John Allan refuses to pay. Army under the alias Edgar A. He is stationed at Fort Independence at Castle Island in Boston, where he serves as an occupation clerk.