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  • 1. Edgar Allan Poe 1809-1849
  • 2. Biographical Notes
    • Orphaned at the age of two.
    • Taken in, but never adopted by John Allan.
    • Briefly attended University of Virginia, but had to leave due to gambling debt.
    • Allan refused to support him so he joined the army.
    • Briefly attended West Point, purposely earned demerits so he would be expelled.
    • Published a book of poetry with the financial help of other cadets.
  • 3.
    • Moved to Baltimore to live with aunt and her daughter Virginia.
    • 1833 - Married his 13 year old cousin Virginia.
    Virginia Clemens
  • 4.
    • Earned a living as an editor for various literary magazines.
    • Formulated literary theories about short stories.
    • Considered the father of the detective story and the horror tale.
  • 5.
    • Wife died of TB in 1847.
    • Poe died in 1849 under mysterious circumstances - found unconscious on a street in Baltimore.
    • We associate him with the city of Baltimore.
    • The Baltimore Ravens football team is named after his poem, “The Raven.”
  • 6. Poe said: There is no subject so fit for a poem as the death of a beautiful woman.
  • 7. The Poe Toaster
    • Since 1949, on the night of the anniversary of
    • Poe's birth, a mysterious stranger has entered
    • this cemetery and left as tribute a partial bottle of
    • cognac and three roses on Poe's grave.
    • The identity of the stranger, referred to
    • affectionately as the Poe Toaster, is unknown.