The Life and Works of Edgar Allan Poe


There have been many writers that specialize in mystery and suspense writing in literary history. However, when you make a list of the best writers, at or near the top of the list is Edgar Allan Poe.

Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 19, 1809. However, his parents died when he was young and he was taken in by the Allan family of Richmond, Virginia, which is how he received his middle name. After finishing high school, Poe briefly attended college and was in the military. During his early adult years, Poe had difficulties keeping up with a gambling problem which is why he left college, and because of problems at home, in order to get out of the U.S. Military Academy, he purposely was court martialed.

In the early 1930’s Poe turned his attention to writing. He had always had a fondness for writing poetry and began to write for the public. During this period he made a living as a writer of poetry, prose, reviews and was a critic for several newspapers. In his adult years, Poe lived and worked in several different cities including Baltimore, New York City, Richmond, and Philadelphia.

Despite an erratic personal life, Poe was a gifted writer, who had an ability to write outstanding mysteries. Poe is acknowledged as one of the United States most gifted writers of the suspense and thriller genre. Some of the more popular poems Poe wrote include “The City in the Sea”, “A Dream Within a Dream”, “The Haunted Palace”, “Lenore” and “The Raven”. Among the stories that he wrote, some of the more famous tales are “The Black Cat”, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”, “The Pit and the Pendulum”, “The Premature Burial” and “The Tell-Tale Heart”. Some his works have been staples of scary story telling for generations.

In addition to the classic stories and poems of suspense, Edgar Allan Poe also wrote other pieces such as “The Politian” which was the only play he wrote, “ The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket” which was his only novel and essays such as “The Philosophy of Composition” and “The Poetic Principle”. Many of his literary works are available online:

·        Poetry: a collection of Poe’s poetry

·        Poe Stories: online short stories and other information on Edgar Allan Poe

·        Works: information on the works and the writer

·        Works of Poe: resource containing the works of Edgar Allan Poe

·        Poetry Works: collection of online poetry of Poe

During his life Poe suffered from many problems. In his early years, his family situation was very difficult and a people search would reveal that he lived a transitory life. He had a gambling problem as a young college student. And, throughout his adult life he had problems with relationships and had a drinking problem. As a result of this difficult personal life, Poe died in Baltimore on October 7, 1849 at 40 years of age.

Despite living only a relatively short length of time, Edgar Allan Poe will long be remembered as the master of macabre and one of the pioneers of this type of writing. His work paved the way for future mystery writers, and he leaves a legacy of outstanding poems and prose.