Saturday, October 30, 2010

Saturday Spotlight

Today's author is, who else, but Edgar Allan Poe.

He was born January 19, 1809 in Boston and died October 7, 1849 in Baltimore. He was an American writer and was part of the American Romantic Movement. He is one of the first American short story writers. He is also the father of detective fiction. He is known for his poems including Annabel Lee and The Raven and his short stories including The Purloined Letter and The Fall of the House of Usher.

Poe was probably the first American author to try to make a living by writing alone; he was poor. He joined the US Army at age 18 for financial reasons. He married his 13 year old cousin, Virginia Clemm, when he was 26. His death at the age of 40 remains a mystery, but it may have been related to cooping.

Do you like Edgar Allan Poe? What's your favorite poem or tale?

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