Edgar Allan Poe, born January 19th, 1809, was an American writer, editor, and critic. Poe was born in Boston, as the second child, of two successful actors. When Edgar turned 18 he enlisted in the military, claiming he was 22. During the same year he released his first book, Tamerlane and Other Poems, a 40-page collection of poetry, attributed "By a Bostonian." Only 50 copies were ever printed. Following the death of his brother Poe had started to seriously pursue his writing, being one of the first Americans to live by his writing alone. Poe (age 26) obtained a license in 1835 to marry his cousin Virginia Clemm (age 13). They were married for 11 years until her death, which may have inspired some of his writing. Before the Death of Clemm, Edgar went from job to job, until he became and Editor, and later the owner of The Broadway Journal. On January 29, 1845, his poem "The Raven" appeared in the Evening Mirror and became a popular sensation. It made Poe a household name almost instantly, though he was paid only $9 for its publication. n October 3, 1849, Poe was found delirious on the streets of Baltimore, "in great distress, and… in need of immediate assistance", according to Joseph W. Walker who found him. He was taken to the Washington Medical College where he died on Sunday, October 7, 1849, at 5:00 in the morning, and that was a brief summary of the life and death of Edgar Allan Poe. But Nevemind that, if you want to read his works, or learn more about his life, come by the library and take a look at our selection of Edgar Allan Poe.
"I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity."