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Edgar Allan Poe (/po/; born Edgar Poe; January 19, 1809 –
October 7, 1849) was an American writer, editor, and literary critic.
Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his
tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central
figure of Romanticism in the United States and American literature as a
whole, and he was one of the country's earliest practitioners of the
short story. Poe is generally considered the inventor of the detective
fiction genre and is further credited with contributing to the emerging
genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to
try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially
difficult life and career.
Poe was born in Boston, the second child
of two actors. His father abandoned the family in 1810, and his mother
died the following year. Thus orphaned, the child was taken in by John
and Frances Allan of Richmond, Virginia. They never formally adopted
him, but Poe was with them well into young adulthood. Tension developed
later as John Allan and Edgar repeatedly clashed over debts, including
those incurred by gambling, and the cost of secondary education for the
young man. Poe attended the University of Virginia for one semester but
left due to lack of money. Poe quarreled with Allan over the funds for
his education and enlisted in the Army in 1827 under an assumed name. It
was at this time that his publishing career began, albeit humbly, with
the anonymous collection of poems Tamerlane and Other Poems (1827),
credited only to "a Bostonian". With the death of Frances Allan in 1829,
Poe and Allan reached a temporary rapprochement. However, Poe later
failed as an officer cadet at West Point, declaring a firm wish to be a
poet and writer, and he ultimately parted ways with John Allan.
Poe
switched his focus to prose and spent the next several years working for
literary journals and periodicals, becoming known for his own style of
literary criticism. His work forced him to move among several cities,
including Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City. In Richmond in
1836, he married Virginia Clemm, his 13-year-old cousin. In January
1845, Poe published his poem "The Raven" to instant success. His wife
died of tuberculosis two years after its publication. For years, he had
been planning to produce his own journal The Penn (later renamed The
Stylus), though he died before it could be produced. Poe died in
Baltimore on October 7, 1849, at age 40; the cause of his death is
unknown and has been variously attributed to alcohol, brain congestion,
cholera, drugs, heart disease, rabies, suicide, tuberculosis, and other
agents.
Poe and his works influenced literature in the United States
and around the world, as well as in specialized fields such as
cosmology and cryptography. Poe and his work appear throughout popular
culture in literature, music, films, and television. A number of his
homes are dedicated museums today. The Mystery Writers of America
present an annual award known as the Edgar Award for distinguished work
in the mystery genre.

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