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Edgar Allan Poe background

  1. 1. The Life and Times of EDGAR ALLAN POE
  2. 2. <ul><li>Born January 19 th of 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts </li></ul><ul><li>Son of actress Eliza Poe and actor David Poe Jr. </li></ul><ul><li>Eliza died of tuberculosis (some reports say pneumonia) and his father also died/disappeared. His disappearance is surrounded in mystery. </li></ul><ul><li>Adopted by John and Fanny Allan in 1811. </li></ul>Eliza Poe
  3. 3. <ul><li>The Allans moved to England where Edgar attended school. </li></ul><ul><li>1820: moved back to America (Richmond, VA). </li></ul><ul><li>1826: attended the University of Virginia </li></ul><ul><li>Poe gambled and drank: he was desperate for money to pay his gambling debts, but John Allan refused!!! </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Edgar moved to Baltimore; wrote poetry (Tamerlane and other Poems) and worked for a small newspaper </li></ul><ul><li>1827, joined the US Army as Edgar A. Perry </li></ul><ul><li>Promoted in 1829 to Sergeant-Major of the Regiment of Artillery. </li></ul><ul><li>1829: Mrs. Allan dies; Poe did not learn about death in time – by the time he arrived, she was dead. </li></ul><ul><li>Poe leaves Army; enters West Point; dismissed 3 mos. later </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Edgar worked very hard, continued to write, but his debt grew larger. </li></ul><ul><li>He drank often. </li></ul><ul><li>1836: He married his cousin, Virginia Clemm. She was 14 years old. </li></ul><ul><li>1836-1840: Published several stories/journals </li></ul><ul><li>1841: published The Murders in the Rue Morgue , the first true detective story. Poe’s name was not originally on the story, and he didn’t make $ </li></ul><ul><li>1845: “The Raven” earns him $15. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>1847: Virginia, his young wife, dies of tuberculosis (consumption) </li></ul><ul><li>Poe gets involved with a few other women, but does not stay sober or successful long enough to please them. </li></ul><ul><li>1849: Poe leaves Richmond, arrives in Baltimore. </li></ul><ul><li>October 7, 1849, Edgar Allan Poe dies in a street in Baltimore. </li></ul><ul><li>The reason for his death is unknown to this day. </li></ul><ul><li>1910 - Poe is inducted into the Hall of Fame in New York. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Although Poe’s life ended in despair and disappointment, his writing has made him immortal to many. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Including… POE, the Baltimore Ravens mascot! In a poll put to the football fans of Baltimore, they were asked this question: What Baltimore person, place, or thing would best represent this new Baltimore team? Out of the 30,000+ fans to respond, 21,108 selected the winner: the Baltimore Ravens.
  9. 9. AND… <ul><li>The Poe Toaster is the unofficial nickname given to a mysterious figure who pays an annual tribute to American author Edgar Allan Poe by visiting the author's original grave marker on his birthday, January 19. </li></ul>In the early hours of the morning on that date, a black-clad figure, presumed to be male, with a silver-tipped cane enters the Westminster Hall and Burying Ground in Baltimore, Maryland. The individual proceeds to Poe's grave, where he or she raises a cognac toast. Before departing, the Toaster leaves three red roses and a half-bottle of Martell cognac on the grave.