Contributor's Biography Edgar Allan Poe was a fascinating, superbly talented writer who lived a troubled, unfortunate life. He was born in Boston on January 19, 1809. His father, an actor, abandoned his family when Poe was one year old, and his mother, an actress, died of tuberculosis when he was two. Brought up by foster parents who never adopted him, Poe did not fit in well at home. A gloomy person, Poe also did not fit in well at school, in the military, or within society at large. But he...See more
Contributor's Biography Edgar Allan Poe was a fascinating, superbly talented writer who lived a troubled, unfortunate life. He was born in Boston on January 19, 1809. His father, an actor, abandoned his family when Poe was one year old, and his mother, an actress, died of tuberculosis when he was two. Brought up by foster parents who never adopted him, Poe did not fit in well at home. A gloomy person, Poe also did not fit in well at school, in the military, or within society at large. But he sure could write well. At the age of eighteen he was a published author and by twenty-two he had decided he would make his living as a writer. Edgar Allan Poe began his literary career as a poet. He believed beauty of sound was the essential element in good poetry. He relied upon beauty of sound while composing his poetry and his prose and, as a highly skilled literary critic, used sound as a criteria to judge the work of others. Poe also believed all literary works should be short. Applying this standard to himself, he became a master of the short poem and the short story. He is universally credited with inventing the detective story and perfecting tales of horror. Unfortunately, Poe needed to write constantly to avoid extreme poverty. Though well-known and highly respected, he did not achieve fame until after his ill-fated death at the age of forty. He died soon after being discovered unconscious on a street in Baltimore; he was traveling to Philadelphia to get married. More than a century and a half after his death, Edgar Allan Poe is still popular with readers the world over. He is the only American writer who could rightfully claim to be a master of three separate literary forms-the short story, the short poem, and literary criticism. Poe is best known for The Raven, a poem widely considered to be the most famous in all of American literature. Poe was honored in Baltimore, the city where he died, when they named their NFL franchise the Ravens. See less
The following is a personality profile of Edgar Allan Poe based on his work.
Edgar Allan Poe is shrewd and somewhat inconsiderate.
He is laid-back, he appreciates a relaxed pace in life. He is independent as well: he has a strong desire to have time to himself. But, Edgar Allan Poe is also intermittent: he has a hard time sticking with difficult tasks for a long period of time.
More than most people, his choices are driven by a desire for discovery.
He is also relatively unconcerned with tradition: he cares more about making his own path than following what others have done. Considers independence to guide a large part of what he does: he likes to set his own goals to decide how to best achieve them.
I have already loaned this twice. The intro was very interesting. They said Poe revised his works so often and they searched for the the most up to date version of each work for this book. I ... Read More
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