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Best known for his poems and short fiction Edgar Allan Poe born in Boston Jan 19 1809 died Oct 7 1849 in Baltimore deserves more credit than any other writer for the transformation of the short story from tale to art He virtually created the detective story and perfected the psychological thriller To others Edgar Allan Poe was a writer noted for consistencies in the common motifs of his works and his focus on the conflict between good and evil as a major component of these central themes Edgar Allan Poes central motifs which include the conflict between good and evil mans inner struggle with conscience and death or loss are present in a many of his works Poes The Raven Fall of the House of Usher and Black Cat all demonstrate these common motifs and illustrate variations of the role of the narrator in supporting the central themes Perhaps as a result of the many personal traumas he endured Edgar Allan Poe was unafraid of taking his readers for a walk on the dark side Poes parents David Poe Jr and Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins were touring actors who unfortunetly both died before he was 3 years old Edgar was taken into the home of John Allan a successful merchant in Richmond Virginia and baptized Edgar Allan Poe His childhood was uneventful although he studied for five years in England from 1815 to 1820 In 1826 he entered the University of Virginia but stayed for only a year Although a good student he ran up large gambling debts that Allan refused to pay Poe never return to the university but instead lacking any means of support enlisted in the army He had however already written and printed his first book at his own expense Tamerland and Other Poems verses written in the manner of Byron He next took up residence in Baltimore with his widowed aunt Maria Clemm and her daughter Virginia and turned
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