Monday, January 17, 2011

This week in history 1-17-11

Edgar Allan Poe is born

January 19, 1809, American writer, poet, and literary critic Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts. After being orphaned at age three, he was left in the care of his godfather, John Allan, a wealthy tobacco merchant. Poe attended the University of Virginia for eight months before leaving due to a falling out with John Allan. He also briefly attended West Point. After marrying his 13-year-old cousin Virginia Clemm, Poe moved to Philadelphia, where he became known for his “direct and incisive” literary criticism as well as his horror stories. Some of Poe’s well known stories and poems are “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” and “The Raven.” Poe died in a hospital in Baltimore after being found incoherent in a gutter in 1849.

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