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Edgar Allan Poe also known as the father of the short story was a brilliant man of the nineteenth century Many people of this era did not know of him in this manor but nonetheless he still established his own place in the history of American literature During the time he was living he was known as a harsh literary critic He was not recognized as a great American author until after his death on October 7 1849 Consequently the writers of today make use of his novel ideas and apply his techniques to their own literary creations He may have been a great influence on many people and a great writer but he still led a life filled with personal hardships and tragedies He wrote with a dark tone in the majority of his works Walt Whitman once said Poes verses illustrate an incorrigible propensity toward nocturnal themes with a demonic undertone behind every pageBloom 20 During the majority of his life he held on to sanity by a thin string One man comme nted Even a man of harder temperament might well have been plunged into depressions by the illness and deaths frustrations and reversals that punctuated Edgar Allan Poes brief life Numerous commentators have suggested that art itself was the therapy with which Poe held absolute insanity at bay some claim he invented the detective story in order to keep from going mad Galloway 20 Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19 1809 in Boston Massachusetts He was born the second son of David Jr a former lawyer that turned to acting and Elizabeth an English actress Their family was constantly in a financial turmoil and when Poes sister Rosalie was born in 1810 it put the Poe family in a financial strain Shortly after the birth of Rosalie Poes mother Elizabeth was diagnosed with tuberculosis a terminal illness She died on December 8 1811 at the young age of twenty-four
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