Edgar Allan Poe Legacy

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The life of Edgar Allan Poe was nothing short of a series of unfortunate events. He was a gifted man who got dealt a bad hand by fate. Though most of his work found success after his death, the very few literary works that did get recognition did not bring him the success he so rightfully deserved in his lifetime. With over 100 stories, poems and short stories published under his belt Poe became a major influence to many literary styles and authors. He is said to be the creator of the genre of detective-fiction and with his amazing works he truly is still one of the greatest authors this world has come across. With all the hardship Poe had endured during his short life reading his stories gives us an inside look to the tormented soul he truly …show more content…
The Allan’s were a couple that were well off and didn’t comprehend the struggles that surrounded Poe’s life for those two previous years. John Allan was a successful tobacco merchant who created quite a forlorn name for himself, [Edgar Allan Poe: His life and Legacy, pg. 9 “impulsive and quick-tempered… rather rough and uncultured in mind and manner.”] Though he seemed to have the perfect life he was an alcoholic and a physical and emotional abuser to Poe. The struggle of having to live through that abuse fuelled Poe’s writing, his writing was very dark and depressing usually showcasing his inner turmoil. Allan didn’t give Poe a break, they were always getting into fights because Allan found Poe to be ungrateful. Once Poe was old enough he removed himself from Allan’s oppressing thumb and ventured into the world. What Poe didn’t realize was that the world was an even cruller place than he imagined. He wasn’t able to get his work published because no one seemed to understand him, he couldn’t hold down a job because he was constantly fighting his inner demons he was truly alone in the world because both of his “mothers” died and his only living relative shunned him. These trails significantly impacted Poe’s life and turned him into the dark and daunting author we all know and …show more content…
Poe was born in less than enviable circumstances, both his parents were actors struggling to make ends meet. Acting, during that time, was considered a lousy career and many looked down on those in that field so trying to raise a family with three young kids wasn’t easy. But even with that unpromising career Eliza (Poe’s mother) excelled in the early stages of her career. At the age of nine Eliza Arnold had a role in Miss in her teens and critics adored her, [Edgar Allan Poe: His life and Legacy, pg. 2 “Miss Arnold, in Miss Biddy, exceeded all praise. Although a Miss of only nine years old, her powers as an Actress will do credit to any of her sex of maturer age.” The following month, another critic was delighted by “the powers of Miss Arnold to astonish us. Add to these her youth, her beauty, her innocence, and a character is composed which has not, and perhaps will not ever again be found in any Theater.”]. These are a few kind words said about Poe’s mother, reading certain reviews about her career you can tell that she was a beloved women by many who witnessed her acting. When Poe was two years old Eliza got struck with Tuberculosis and died shortly after, he then went on to getting placed in John Allan’s care. While living with the Allan’s Poe developed a strong relationship with Frances Allan, they had a mutual understanding for life and thoroughly enjoyed each other’s company,

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