Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story and is considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre. He is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career. His father abandoned their family inand his mother died a year later from consumption pulmonary tuberculosis.
Early life This plaque in Boston marks the approximate location  where Edgar Poe was born. Poe was then taken into the home of John Allan, a successful Scottish merchant in Richmond, Virginia who dealt in a variety of goods, including tobacco, cloth, wheat, tombstones, and slaves.
John Allan alternately spoiled and aggressively disciplined his foster son. There he studied at a boarding school in Chelsea until summer InPoe served as the lieutenant of the Richmond youth honor guard as Richmond celebrated the visit of the Marquis de Lafayette. It had strict rules against gambling, horses, guns, tobacco, and alcohol, but these rules were generally ignored.
Jefferson had enacted a system of student self-government, allowing students to choose their own studies, make their own arrangements for boarding, and report all wrongdoing to the faculty. The unique system was still in chaos, and there was a high dropout rate.
Poe claimed that Allan had not given him sufficient money to register for classes, purchase texts, and procure and furnish a dormitory. He traveled to Boston in Aprilsustaining himself with odd jobs as a clerk and newspaper writer.
Poe was unable to support himself, so he enlisted in the United States Army as a private on May 27,using the name "Edgar A. He claimed that he was 22 years old even though he was Poe was promoted to "artificer", an enlisted tradesman who prepared shells for artilleryand had his monthly pay doubled.
He revealed his real name and his circumstances to his commanding officer, Lieutenant Howard. Howard would only allow Poe to be discharged if he reconciled with John Allan and wrote a letter to Allan, who was unsympathetic. Frances Allan died on February 28,and Poe visited the day after her burial.
On February 8,he was tried for gross neglect of duty and disobedience of orders for refusing to attend formations, classes, or church. Poe tactically pleaded not guilty to induce dismissal, knowing that he would be found guilty.
They may have been expecting verses similar to the satirical ones that Poe had been writing about commanding officers. Corps of Cadets this volume is respectfully dedicated". The book once again reprinted the long poems "Tamerlane" and "Al Aaraaf" but also six previously unpublished poems, including early versions of " To Helen ", " Israfel ", and " The City in the Sea ".
His elder brother Henry had been in ill health, in part due to problems with alcoholism, and he died on August 1, He chose a difficult time in American publishing to do so. They were married for eleven years until her early death, which may have inspired some of his writing.
After his early attempts at poetry, Poe had turned his attention to prose.
He placed a few stories with a Philadelphia publication and began work on his only drama Politian. Found in a Bottle ". Kennedya Baltimorean of considerable means.Edgar Allan Poe was born January 19, , and died October 7, ; he lived only forty years, but during his brief lifetime, he made a permanent place for himself in American literature and also in world literature.
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Read more/5(18). Edgar Allan Poe knew what he was doing when he used the raven instead of some other bird to croak out “nevermore” in his famous poem.
The raven has long been associated with death and dark omens, but the real bird is somewhat of a mystery.