Edgar Allan Poe And His Popular Tales Essay

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Edgar Allan Poe is revered as one of the most astounding poets to ever live. Poe is still referenced has references to his more popular tales in the current culture. Examples of this are the classic Simpsons Treehouse of Horror episode in which they parodied The Raven, R.L. Stine made a story based off The Black Cat. While he is largely remembered for The Cask of Amontillado, The Tell-Tale Heart, and The Raven, Poe wrote around 80 stories and poems all together. While he is a celebrated poet, and a legend in the poet world, the life he led while alive was not the best, and he only found fame after death. But before we can cover the end of Poe’s days, we have to start at the beginning. Edgar Allan Poe was born in January 19th, 1809 in Boston to Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins Poe and David Poe, Jr. who were both actors. Poe had an older brother, William, and a younger sister Rosalie. His father would only be with the family for a year after Poe was born before leaving the family, and his mother would die a year after that from tuberculosis. Poe would go into a foster home belonging to John Allen, who was a Scottish merchant dealing tobacco, tombstones, wheat and slaves. John’s family gave Poe the full name of Edgar Allan Poe, although they never actually adopted him. John was not the best, nor the worst father Poe could have had, he alternated between spoiling Poe generously and aggressively disciplining him. The Allan family would leave their home in Richmond, Virginia in 1815 to…

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