Literature

On this page we’ll talk about literature and the most significant writers in English of all times.

Play with us in the category Literature? Yes please! “guessing who wrote this?”

The picture below shows one of the greatest American Romantic writers, Edgar Allan Poe.

 

 

 

 

 

“It was night, and the rain fell; and falling, it was rain, but, having fallen, it was blood.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), American poet, critic, short story writer, and author of such macabre works as “The Fall of the House of Usher” (1840).

Contributing greatly to the genres of horror and science fiction, Poe is now considered the father of the modern detective story and highly lauded as a poet.

His own life was full of tragedy from an early age (his parents died before he was three years old) and in his works we can see his darkly passionate sensibilities—a tormented and sometimes neurotic obsession with death and violence and an appreciation for the beautiful yet tragic mysteries of life.

Edgar Poe was born on 19 January 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of actors Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins (1787-1811) and David Poe (1784-1810). He had a brother named William Henry (1807-1831) and sister Rosalie (1811-1874). After the death of his parents Edgar was taken in by Frances (d.1829) and John Allan (d.1834), a wealthy merchant in Richmond,Virginia.

In 1829 Poe moved to Baltimore to live with his aunt Maria Clemm, mother of Virginia Eliza Clemm (1822-1847) who would become his wife at the age of thirteen. In 1836 they moved to New York City.

living in their last place of residence, a cottage in the Bronx in New York City, Virginia died in 1847. Poe turned to alcohol and showed an erratic behavior.

There are different theories about the last days of Edgar Allan Poe and the cause of his death. Some say he died from alcoholism, some claim he was murdered, and various diseases have also been attributed. Most say he was found unconscious in the street and admitted to the Washington College Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He died soon after, on 7 October 1849, and was buried unceremoniously in an unmarked grave in the Old Westminster Burying Ground of Baltimore. On this original site now stands a stone with a carving of a raven and the inscription:

 

Quoth the Raven, Nevermore

Original Burial Place of
Edgar Allan Poe
From
October 9, 1849
Until
November 17, 1875

Mrs. Marian Clemm, His Mother-In-Law, lies Upon His Right

And Virginia Poe, his Wife, Upon His Left.

Under The monument Erected To Him In This cemetery

 

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