Edgar Allan Poe was a writer, poet and literary critic who was a native of the United States of America. He is most famous for his short stories and poems of mystery and horror. Writings by Poe, including ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ and ‘The Raven’ are regarded as literary classics.
Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston on January 19th 1809. When he was a year old his mother died and his father abandoned the family. Poe was raised by a family in Virginia, where he attended University before enlisting the American army. During his time in the army his first book, Tamerlane and Other Poems, was published.
In 1831 Poe left the army to become a full-time writer. He worked as a literary critic for various journals in Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City. In 1839 he published ‘Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque’. However the publication of his poem, ‘The Raven’ in 1845 made Poe a household name. His stories and poems continue to be popular in America and around the world.
Edgar Allan Poe, writer, poet and literary critic, died aged 40 in Baltimore, Maryland in the year 1849 On This Day.