Edgar Allan Poe


Many authors have made great contributions to the world of
literature. Mark Twain introduced Americans to life on the Mississippi.
Thomas Hardy wrote on his pessimistic views of the Victorian Age. Another
author that influenced literature is . Poe is known as the
father of the American short story and father of the detective story. To
understand the literary contributions of Edgar Allan Poe, one must look at
his early life, his literary life, and a summary of two of his famous
works.

"Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston'' (Inglis 505) "on January 19,
1809'' (Asselineau 409). He was born to a southern family that were in a
traveling company of actors (Inglis 505). His father, ...

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In the spring of 1826, Poe entered the University of Virginia.
There he studied Spanish, French, Italian, and Latin. He had an excellent
scholastic record. He got into difficulties almost at once. Mr. Allan
did not provide him with the money to pay for his fees and other
necessities. Poe was confused and homesick. He learned to play cards and
started drinking. Soon he was in debt in excess of two thousand dollars.
Poe discovered that he could not depend upon Allan for financial support.
His foster father refused to pay his debts, and Poe had to withdraw from
the University (Asselineau 410).

In May of 1827, Poe enlisted in the army as a common soldier. He
did this under the name of Edgar A. Perry. He was stationed on Sullivan's
Island in Charleston Harbor for over a year. Poe adapted very well to
military discipline and quickly rose to the rank of regimental sergeant
major. After a while, he got tired of the same daily routine involved in
military life. ...

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known and esteemed for so large of a corpus of excellent
tales as in Edgar Allan Poe (Targ VII)."

In 1831, Poe succeeded in publishing a new edition of his poems
entitled, Poems. Poe was now in great difficulty. He went to New York,
but could find no job there. Eventually he took refuge with his aunt, Mrs.
Clemm, in Baltimore. There he decided to seek employment and make his
living by writing. Failing to get attention with his poems, he decided to
start writing short stories. Poe competed in a contest for the best short
story in 1831. The prize was offered by Phil-Saturday Courier. Because
he did not win the prize, Poe started on an ambitious project. He decided
to plan ...

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