Birthday of Edgar Allan Poe
Birthday of Edgar Allan Poe is held on January 19. Commemorated by the Poe Toaster at his grave in Baltimore. This event in the second decade of the month January is annual. Help us
At just three years old, he was orphaned. He Was a Champion Swimmer. He Published His First Book At 18. His most well-known poem, The Raven, saw instant success. Poe Had a Potentially Bright Military Future. He Was The First American Professional Writer. He was the first person to use the term 'short story'. The cause of his death is still unknown.
Poe carried on writing even after he'd died. At least, if you believe the rather outlandish claim of Lizzie Doten, the psychic medium whose 1863 book, Poems from the Inner Life, included poems which Doten claimed to have received from the ghost of Edgar Allan Poe. (We must confess to being, er, sceptical here at Interesting Literature…) Perhaps Doten spied a chance to increase the popularity of her own rather mediocre verses by attaching Poe’s name to the project!
Poe is best remembered for his tales of terror and haunting poems, but he is also credited as one of the earliest writers of short stories, the inventor of the modern detective story, and an innovator in the genre of science fiction.
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