Edgar Allan Poe 's Wide Body Of Works Essay

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Edgar Allan Poe was a great American poet, short story writer and fierce literary critic. He was born in 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts, and died in 1849 of mysterious causes, though some claim it was simply alcohol poisoning. His life was wrought with tragedy, from his parents dying when he was not even 3 years old, to his adoptive parents dying, and then his wife dying as well. He had problems with alcoholism and gambling, could not finish college due to gambling and money problems, and he was expelled from West Point military academy. Poe is one of the greatest American writers of his time. Poe’s wide body of works “includes short stories, poetry, a novel, a textbook, a book of scientific theory, and hundreds of essays and book reviews. “He is widely acknowledged as the inventor of the modern detective story and an innovator in the science fiction genre, but he made his living as America’s first great literary critic and theoretician” (Poe 's Life).
Edgar Allan Poe reportedly did not receive inspiration from anyone or anything in the literary world but instead pulled from his own life tragedies, the women he loved and current events of his time. “Readers can clearly see the connection to Poe and the other people in his life to the characters in his poems and stories. Many of Poe’s works may seem normal at first, but almost always end in tragedy, just as his life did” (Meckert). However, “[w]hat most readers may not know is that many of [his] works were inspired…

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