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Edgar Allan Poe

  1. 1. Edgar Allan Poe<br />
  2. 2. General Info<br />01/19/1809 – 10/07/1849<br />His parents died three years after he was born<br />He was raised by John and Frances Allan<br />Richmond, VA<br />2 siblings, raised by other families<br />
  3. 3. Early Life<br />John Allan was a tobacco businessman<br />Wanted Poe to follow his footsteps<br />That wasn’t happening<br />
  4. 4. What did Poe Want?<br />Edgar Allan Poe wrote. A lot.<br />He even wrote poetry on the back of the ledgers for the tobacco job<br />By 13, he had enough poetry to publish a book<br />It was not published<br />
  5. 5. Young Adulthood<br />1826: Poe went to the University of Virginia<br />John Allan did not provide enough money for this<br />Poe had to burn his furniture just to stay warm<br />Came back home<br />His fiancée was engaged to another man<br />Decided to leave home<br />Published Tamerlane (age 18)<br />Left to join the military<br />John Allan started to help after Frances died<br />
  6. 6. But…<br />John remarried and didn’t even tell Poe<br />Poe decided to get expelled from West Point<br />He got expelled<br />Published another book<br />
  7. 7. So…<br />Poe moved to Baltimore, where his blood father had lived<br />John died, leaving nothing to Poe<br />But he did leave things to an illegitimate child he had whom he had never even met<br />
  8. 8. Love Finds a Home<br />Virginia took Poe’s letters to his lady friends<br />Poe soon fell for her<br />Poe had a job back in Richmond (Southern Literary Messenger)<br />He brought Virginia there, and they married<br />
  9. 9. Oh Yeah…<br />Virginia was his cousin<br />He was 27; she was 13<br />
  10. 10. Later On<br />Poe moved to New York and later Philadelphia, and then back to New York<br />Virginia died when she was 24, 5 years after contracting tuberculosis (which also killed Poe’s parents and foster mother)<br />Poe began to court a few other women, including his initial fiancée, who was now a widow<br />
  11. 11. The End<br />Poe was travelling from Richmond to Philadelphia<br />He stopped in Baltimore, and disappeared for 5 days<br />He was found in a bar, taken to a hospital, and died a few days later<br />His family had no idea until they read about it in the newspapers<br />
  12. 12. Libel<br />Rufus Griswold, who was insulted in print by Poe, wrote an untrue obituary of Poe<br />He portrayed Poe as drunken, womanizing, and with no morals nor friends<br />This drove up sales of Poe’s books<br />
  13. 13. Noteworthy Works<br />1835: “Hans Pfaal” (first modern science fiction story)<br />1838: The Narrative of Arthur Gorden Pym (only novel)<br />1841: “Murders in the Rue Morgue” (first modern detective story)<br />1842 – 1846: “The Pit and the Pendulum” “The Masque of the Red Death” “The Tell-Tale Heart” “The Raven” “The Cask of Amontillado”<br />After death: “The Bells” “Annabel Lee” “El Dorado”<br />
  14. 14. Setting the Right Mood<br />Poe’s stories are known for their mood<br />Dark, somber<br />While these are not necessarily “scary” stories, they are horror stories because of the mood<br />
  15. 15. Source<br />http://www.poemuseum.org<br />

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