The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe
by Edgar Allan Poe
Editor: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
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Edgar Poe was born the son of travelling actors on January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts)Abandoned by his father and, later, upon the death of his mother, he was taken into the foster family of John Allan, a tobacco farmer from VirginiaNow style like Edgar Allan Poe, he distinguished himself at the University of Virginia but was also comfortable in debt collection from his assiduous gambling practiceHis father-in-law, from the disapproval of the broken their fragile relationship and the Poe left home to seek fortuneIn 1836 he married his cousin Virginia but despite his prolific activities of journalism, poetry, lectures, short stories, publishing, criticism and experimentation with genres of fiction, including the detective novel which he practically invented with the publication of The Murders in The Rue Morgue (1841) – he received little recognition for his efforts until the publication of La Raven in 1845The poem was an immediate success gave him new visibility in literary circles, but his personal situation remained desperately: poverty, disease, drinking, and the physical and ultimate decline of Virginia’s death in 1847 led to his death and premature decline.In 1849 he was found sick, wounded and semi-conscious in a Baltimore tavernHe was taken to hospital for four days, but never recovered and on October 7, Edgar Allan Poe died at the age of 40.He was one of the most original authors in the history of American literature – a genius who, thanks to his terrible reputation, was tragically misunderstood during his lifetime.It was not until Baudelaire enthusiastically translated his work, that he found a wider audience in Europe, and became not only a huge influence on modern French literature, but also on the very work of writers like Dostoevsky, Conan Doyle and Jules Verne
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