Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

The name Poe brings to mind images of murderers and madmen, premature burials, and mysterious women who return from the dead. His works have been in print since 1827 and include such literary classics as “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Raven,” and “The Fall of the House of Usher.” This versatile writer’s oeuvre includes short stories, poetry, a novel, a textbook, a book of scientific theory, and hundreds of essays and book reviews. He is widely acknowledged as the inventor of the modern detective story and an innovator in the science fiction genre, but he made his living as America’s first great literary critic and theoretician. Poe’s reputation today rests primarily on his tales of terror as well as on his haunting lyric poetry.Just as the bizarre characters in Poe’s stories have captured the public imagination so too has Poe himself. He is seen as a morbid, mysterious figure lurking in the shadows of moonlit cemeteries or crumbling castles. This is the Poe of legend. But much of what we know about Poe is wrong, the product of a biography written by one of his enemies in an attempt to defame the author’s name.The real Poe was born to traveling actors in Boston on January 19, 1809. Edgar was the second of three children. His other brother William Henry Leonard Poe would also become a poet before his early death, and Poe’s sister Rosalie Poe would grow up to teach penmanship at a Richmond girls’ school. Within three years of Poe’s birth both of his parents had died, and he was taken in by the wealthy tobacco merchant John Allan and his wife Frances Valentine Allan in Richmond, Virginia while Poe’s siblings went to live with other families. Mr. Allan would rear Poe to be a businessman and a Virginia gentleman, but Poe had dreams of being a writer in emulation of his childhood hero the British poet Lord Byron. Early poetic verses found written in a young Poe’s handwriting on the backs of Allan’s ledger sheets reveal how little interest Poe had in the tobacco business.For more information, please see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_al...
The Tell-Tale Heart, Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe
The Tell-Tale Heart
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The Complete Stories of Edgar Allan Poe, Edgar Allan Poe
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The Complete Stories of Edgar Allan Poe
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The Raven, Edgar Allan Poe
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The Raven
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Le Corbeau / The Raven, Edgar Allan Poe
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Le Corbeau / The Raven
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The Cask of Amontillado, Edgar Allan Poe
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The Cask of Amontillado
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The Pit and the Pendulum, Edgar Allan Poe
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The Pit and the Pendulum
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Tales of Mystery and Imagination, David Stuart Davies, Edgar Allan Poe
David Stuart Davies, Edgar Allan Poe
Tales of Mystery and Imagination
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The Raven and Other Poems, Edgar Allan Poe
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The Fall of the House of Usher
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The Fall of the House of Usher
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Edgar Allan Poe
The Masque of the Red Death
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The Masque of the Red Death
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Edgar Allan Poe
The Black Cat
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The Black Cat
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The Murders in the Rue Morgue, Edgar Allan Poe
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The Murders in the Rue Morgue
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Edgar Allan Poe
The Pur­loined Let­ter
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The Purloined Letter
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Edgar Allan Poe
Annabel Lee
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Annabel Lee
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The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Edgar Allan Poe
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The Works of Edgar Allan Poe
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The Works of Edgar Allan Poe - Volume 2, Edgar Allan Poe
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The Works of Edgar Allan Poe - Volume 2
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The Works of Edgar Allan Poe - Volume 5, Edgar Allan Poe
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The Works of Edgar Allan Poe - Volume 5
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The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, Edgar Allan Poe
The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe's Complete Poetical Works, Edgar Allan Poe
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