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Edgar Allan Poe 1809-1849 Written and Contributed by SUGABUGA456 Edgar Allan Poe was one of Americas famous poets fiction short-story writers and literary critics He is known as the first master of short story form especially in tales of horror and mystery The work he produced was considered to be some of the most influential literary criticism of his time His poems made him one of the most famous figures in American literary history His influence on literature is seen in all literature books in schools everywhere Some of his famous writings is that of Annabel Lee his detective story The Murders in Rue Morgue The Pit and the Pendulum and The Tell-Tale Heart are the best among his horror stories and The Raven one of his best poems which among all these made him very famous in 1845 The Fall of the House of Usher and The Masque of the Red Death made him a forerunner of symbolism and impressionism Poe antagonized many people with a scathing campaign against an American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow for supposed plagiarism Later that year Poe admitted to being drunk which further separated him from the public Poes later years were full of economic hardship and ill health Poe was born in Boston Massachusetts on January 19 1809 He was orphaned at the early age of two his father deserted the family and his mother died all before he was three in 1811 then Poe became a ward and was raised as a foster child by John Allan a wealthy merchant of tobacco and his wife Frances in Richmond VA but they never legally adopted him Taken by the Allan family to England at the age of six Poe was placed in a private school In 1826 Poe enrolled at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville where he acquired gambling debts that John Allan refused to pay Eventually Poe was forced to withdraw from the university
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