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Spires Edgar Allan Poe Research Copanion


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Research information about Edgar Allan Poe and his writing
Slideshow companion to the research component for ENG1102 - Troy University.

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Spires Edgar Allan Poe Research Copanion

  1. 1. Research Paper Companion Philip A. Spires ENG 1102 Troy University
  2. 2. Introduction  Biography  Works  Conclusion  Works Cited 
  3. 3. Edgar Allan Poe was an immensely troubled man who struggled with addiction and mental illness. His life began and ended with tragedy as did all the days in between. Loss was commonplace for Poe early on as his mother died of tuberculosis leaving him an orphan at three years old. He was raised by foster parents who adored the young boy, but as an adolescent, his relationship with his foster father became troubled. In college, he began drinking excessively and incurred gambling debts.
  4. 4. After the death of his foster mother, Poe felt more alone. He served briefly in the Army and had a short stint at West Point, but Poe seldom finished anything other than a literary work. He married a child bride, also his cousin, but found it difficult to support her financially. She, like both his mothers, became ill and died leaving Poe even more emotionally unstable. The rest of his life was littered by episodes of drunken delirium followed by short periods of sobriety and madness (Wilson, “Poe’s Life”).
  5. 5. Born to Elizabeth and David Poe, January  19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts Raised by John and Frances Allan  Studied at University of Virginia  Served in the United States Army  Attended West Point  Worked as a writer, editor, and critic  Married Virginia Clemm  Died October 7, 1849 
  6. 6. “The Tell-Tale Heart”  “Ligeia”  “The Raven”  “The Conqueror Worm”  “The Fall of the House of Usher”  “The Masque of the Red Death” 
  7. 7. Poe’s life, shrouded in mystery, ended just the same when he was found incoherent on he streets of Boston. Poe died in a hospital a few days later on October 7, 1849. Reading his work gives an insight to Poe’s life like none other. Most of his stories are gothic in nature with female heroines who, like the women in his life, fall ill and meet tragic ends. Death and madness are central themes found consistently in Poe’s work. One can only assume that such writing is the result of being consumed with loss and sadness and having genius fueled by insanity (Wilson).
  8. 8. Poe, Edgar Allan. Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe. New York: Pocket Books, 2003. Wilson, James S. quot;Poe's Life.quot; Edgar Allan Poe Museum: Richmond Virginia : Features Poe's Works, Relics, Photos, and Life. 30 Apr. 2009 <>.