Classic Booklovers opened two years ago today on Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday. Born on January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts, Poe was an American writer, critic and poet famous for his poetry and tales of mystery, horror and imagination. His great classic works include The Tell-Tale Heart, The Fall of the House of User, The Black Cat and The Pit and the Pendulum.
After Poe’s mother died in Richmond in 1811, he stayed in the home of John Allan and his wife. Poe spent several early years of his life in England and later briefly attended the University of Virginia in 1826. He also was appointed to the West Point military academy.
In 1827, while living in Boston, Poe published his first book, Tamerlane and Other Poems. In 1841, Poe penned The Murders in the Rue Morgue, earning him recognition as the father of the modern detective story. In 1845, his poem, The Raven, was published and is among the best known poems in literature.
Poe lived and worked in several U.S. cities, including New York, Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Richmond. He became heartbroken at the death of his wife, Virginia Clemm, who died in 1847. Poe’s death is still a mystery today. On October 3, 1849, he was found on the streets in Baltimore delirious. He was taken to Washington College Hospital where he died on October 7.