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Title: Edgar Allan Poe


1
Edgar Allan Poe
2
Parents
  • Father David Poe
  • Traveling actor (not successful)
  • Alcoholic
  • Left when Edgar was a baby

3
Parents
  • Mother Elizabeth Arnold
  • Talented actress
  • Died on tour in Richmond, VA before Poe turned
    three

4
Parents
  • Taken in by John and Frances Allan
  • They provided for his early education
  • Never adopted him

5
Parents
  • John Allan let Poe know he was disappointed in
    him
  • Poe had no business ambition
  • Was slightly lazy
  • Had a desire to be a writer

6
Poes Education and Career
  • When Poe was 17 he entered the University of
    Virginia
  • John Allan did not give Poe enough money, despite
    his success in school
  • Poe tried to earn money gambling

7
Poes Education and Career
  • Poe went deep into debt
  • Allan refused to help Poe out, so he had to drop
    out of school
  • Poe and Allan had another fight, so Poe left for
    Boston to make his own way

8
Poes Education and Career
  • 1827 published small book of poetry (not
    successful)
  • Joined army unhappy as an enlisted man
  • Asked Allan for helpAllans dying wife begged
    him to help

9
Poes Education and Career
  • Allan helped Poe get appointed to West Point
  • Meanwhile, Poe published a second volume of
    poetry, this time successful

10
Poes Education and Career
  • Frances Allan died and John remarried a young
    woman
  • Poe figured he would not inherit any of Allans
    money, so he dropped out of West Point

11
Poes Education and Career
  • Poe moved in with his aunt in Baltimore in 1835
  • He married her 13 year old daughter Virginia
  • Virginia was not healthy

12
Poes Education and Career
  • He worked as an editor on several magazines
  • Was dismissed because of his drinking
  • Continued to write short stories

13
Poes Education and Career
  • Wrote The Murders in the Rue Morgue which is
    considered the first detective story
  • Poe set the foundation for the modern detective
    story
  • Master of the psychological thriller

14
Poes Education and Career
  • Poe produced a number of works despite his
    poverty and drinking
  • Knew success as a writer, but never benefited
    financially

15
Poes Education and Career
  • 1847 Virginia died of TB
  • Poe became more unstable
  • Drinking became worse
  • Contracted several illnesses, including a fatal
    brain lesion

16
Poes Education and Career
  • Always looking for romance and someone to love
    him
  • 1849 went to visit a woman he hoped to marry
  • Disappeared

17
Poes Education and Career
  • Found a week later drunk, delirious, clothing
    torn and soaked in a Baltimore tavern
  • He died four days later

18
The Raven
  • Published in 1845
  • A huge success with an impact comparable to the
    Beatles first single
  • Everyone read it, recited it and talked about it

19
The Raven
  • Poe became a household name, but never became
    rich
  • Only made about 10 for the poem

20
The Raven
  • Poe said the raven in the poem was a symbol of
    mournful and never-ending remembrance
  • The narrator projects onto the bird what his
    imagination creates
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