twelve-year-old cousin Virginia, whom he married in 1836. Many of Poes works, including The Tell-Tale Heart and The Fall of the House of Usher, became literary classics. Similarly, Poes three tales of ratiocination. His final days remain somewhat of a mystery. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, The United States. Charles Baudelaire noted in his introduction to the French edition of The Raven : It is indeed the poem of the sleeplessness of despair; it lacks nothing: neither the fever of ideas, nor the violence of colors, nor sickly reasoning, nor drivelling terror, nor even. Poems, his third collection of verse, was published in 1831, and then to Baltimore, where he lived at the Revelation in The Lord of the Flies the home of his aunt, Mrs. Like See all Edgar Allan Poe's"s » Topics Mentioning This Author topics posts views last activity kcpl: Your Favorite Book Ever! Poe developed a reputation as a cut-throat critic, writing vicious reviews of his contemporaries.
Poe claimed that Longfellow, a widely popular literary figure, was a plagiarist, which resulted in a backlash against Poe. Before Poe was three years old both of his parents died, and he was raised in the home of John Allan, a prosperous exporter from Richmond, Virginia, who never legally adopted his foster son. In retrospect, Griswolds vilifications seem ultimately to have elicited as much sympathy as censure with respect to Poe and his work, leading subsequent biographers of the late nineteenth century to defend, sometimes too devotedly, Poes name. Added to the controversy over the sanity, or at best the maturity of Poe (Paul Elmer More called him the poet of unripe boys and unsound men was the question of the value of Poes works as serious literature. The volume went unnoticed by readers and reviewers, and a second collection, Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane, and Minor Poems, received only slightly more attention when it appeared in 1829. His early verse reflects the influence of such English romantics. Rabies, epilepsy and carbon monoxide poisoning are just some of the conditions thought to have led to the great writer's death. Preferring poetry over profits, Poe reportedly wrote poems on the back of some of Allan's business papers. His self-declared intention was to formulate strictly artistic ideals in a milieu that he thought overly concerned with the utilitarian value of literature, a tendency he termed the heresy of the Didactic.