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Edgar Allan Poe 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 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. X

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Edgar Allan Poe

born Edgar Poe; January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849 was an American author, poet, editor, and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story, and is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre. He 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. Read More | Edit | More Edits

“I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.”
Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe (born Edgar Poe; January 19, 1809 - October 7, 1849) was an American author, poet, editor, and literary critic. He was also an afficionado of opium and laudanum / Pictures From History / Bridgeman Images

Happy Birthday Edgar Allan Poe! (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849)

From our stacks: Frontispiece “Bust of Edgar Allan Poe from the plaster model by George J. Zolnay, the bronze replica of which is now in the library of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, Va.” from New Glimpses of Poe by James A. Harrison. New York and London: M.F. Mansfield & Company, 1901.

“I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom.” - Edgar Allan Poe (died: 7 October 1849)