Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts; He was orphaned as a child and raised by John Allan, a successful businessman of Richmond, Virginia. The Allan Family took Poe to England and placed him in a private school. When he returned to the United States in 1820, he continued to go to private schools. He attended the University of Virginia for a year, but in 1827 his foster father refused to pay for his debts because of Poes Drinking and gambling problems. Poe, disliking his new Job greatly quit, and went to Boston. In Boston he wrote his first book, he published Tamerlane and Other Poems (1827), anonymously.
Shortly afterward Poe enlisted in the U. S. Army and served a two-year term. In 1829 his second volume of verse, Al Aaraaf, was published, and he effected a reconciliation with Allan, who secured him an appointment to the U. S. Military Academy. After only a few months at the academy Poe was dismissed for neglect of duty, and his foster father disowned him permanently. Poe’s third book, Poems, appeared in 1831, and he moved the following year. While in Baltimore he lived with his aunt and her 11-year-old daughter, Virginia Clemm.
The year following his arrival to Baltimore his tale “A MS. Found in a Bottle” won a contest. sponsored by the Baltimore Saturday Visitor. From 1835 to 1837 Poe was an editor of the Southern Literary Messenger. In 1836 he married his young cousin. During the following decade Poe worked as an editor for various periodicals in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and in New York City. In 1847 Virginia died and Poe became ill; his terrible addiction to liquor and his uspected use of drugs, recorded by contemporaries, may have contributed to his early death.
Poes Work- In the course of his editorial work, Poe functioned largely as a book reviewer and produced a significant body of criticism; his essays were famous for their sarcasm, and wit. His Novels have lasted through different time periods and still remain popular. Poe’s theories on the nature of fiction and, in particular, his writings on the short story have had a lasting influence on American and European writers. Poe was not only an author, but he as a poet and he wrote many essays. I have read few of his books but I have liked both of them.
The Tell Tale Heart and The Pit and the Pendulum Both were great stories. One of Poes more famous poems is The Raven. Many of Poe’s writings reflected his life. Men were often the “bad guys” in Poe literature. Death played a major part in many of Poe’s writings, as well. Many factors contributed to the way Poe wrote. Poe has had a very difficult life, different from many of the others in his time period. Poe’s difficulties started early, when his natural father abandoned him. He was then put with a foster family.
Poe’s foster father was very harsh and dictated his life at times. His foster father later abandoned him. Poe tried to not be like most men. He tried to be loving and caring, as he was raised this way. Yet, Poe was always trying to not be like other men because he hated them so much. These actions might have contributed to why Poe always made men look bad in his writings. Other men laughed at Poe. In Poe’s writings, men were always doing something to another object. These objects represented Poe at some point in his life.
For example, the cat in “Black Cat” was treated unfairly by the man in the story. All the women in Poe’s life seemed to die. Many died of Tuberculosis. Those that didn’t die of TB still seemed to die. These deaths played a major effect on Poe’s writing style. Nearly every short story Poe wrote was about death. Poe literature has more symbolism to it then it may appear at first. There are frequent schemes that seem to run through out all of his writings. How you interpret them is up to you. Generally you can see his obsession with death as well as his hatred toward men.