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Edgar Allan Poes Life and the Effects it Had On His WritingEdgar Allan Poe could probably be named one of literatures most controversial writers of all time Over the years Poes works have endured much criticism as well as much praise Many professionals who have researched Poes life and his writings feel that many of his writings strongly show reflections on Poes real lifePoe was born in Boston Massachusetts on January 19 1809 He was born the son of Elizabeth and David Poe David attempted to make a living by performing on stage but he seemed to be giftless in this area Elizabeth died being poverty stricken in the year 1811 Poe then was separated from his brother and his sister because his father was unstable to care for them A Scottish tobacco merchant and importer named John Allan decided to take Poe in and Poe remained with the Allans until December of 1826 where he began his studies at the University of VirginiaAs a writer Poe became very well known for his interests in death dying pre- mature burials revenge guilt and fear His works such as The Cask of Amontillado strongly show his feelings of revenge Although these characteristics of Poes writings made him a questionable figure in literature At the time the general public were taken back by the horrors that Poe wrote about people still read them with suspense One critic wrote Poes attraction to the problem of death is so conspicuous that the reticence of modern criticism on the subject seems inexplicable Kennedy 3 Many critics also thought that Poes interests in such dark subjects were due to early traumatic experiences Kennedy 5 Poe felt that death had held contradictory meanings and its tangible climax changed through the course of his engagement in writing Kennedy Many modern critics of Poe fail to realize that although Poes tales took an unusual perspective at the time death was looked at as
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