The Essential Stories & Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (illustrated): 21 essential short stories & poems from Edgar Allan Poe.

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5.98 X 9.02 X 0.41 inches | 0.59 pounds

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Contributor's Biography Edgar Allan Poe was a fascinating, superbly talented writer who lived a troubled, unfortunate life. He was born in Boston on January 19, 1809. His father, an actor, abandoned his family when Poe was one year old, and his mother, an actress, died of tuberculosis when he was two. Brought up by foster parents who never adopted him, Poe did not fit in well at home. A gloomy person, Poe also did not fit in well at school, in the military, or within society at large. But he sure could write well. At the age of eighteen he was a published author and by twenty-two he had decided he would make his living as a writer. Edgar Allan Poe began his literary career as a poet. He believed beauty of sound was the essential element in good poetry. He relied upon beauty of sound while composing his poetry and his prose and, as a highly skilled literary critic, used sound as a criteria to judge the work of others. Poe also believed all literary works should be short. Applying this standard to himself, he became a master of the short poem and the short story. He is universally credited with inventing the detective story and perfecting tales of horror. Unfortunately, Poe needed to write constantly to avoid extreme poverty. Though well-known and highly respected, he did not achieve fame until after his ill-fated death at the age of forty. He died soon after being discovered unconscious on a street in Baltimore; he was traveling to Philadelphia to get married. More than a century and a half after his death, Edgar Allan Poe is still popular with readers the world over. He is the only American writer who could rightfully claim to be a master of three separate literary forms-the short story, the short poem, and literary criticism. Poe is best known for The Raven, a poem widely considered to be the most famous in all of American literature. Poe was honored in Baltimore, the city where he died, when they named their NFL franchise the Ravens.