Edgar Allan Poe, American poet, was seventeen years old when accepted into University of Virginia. First year he managed to gamble all his scholarship money. It was also reported that Edgar owed around $2500 to local gamblers. Gambling addiction led to alcoholism, which is still debated by many Poe’s followers. However, it was reported by school systems that Edgar showed up in class drunk even during the examinations. The interesting fact is that Edgar Allan Poe finished with highest grades in his class and became best student of his generation. When he was 27 years old Poe married 13 year old Virginia Eliza Clemm. Some say that their relationship was more like that between brother and sister than like husband and wife. To all witnesses Poe loved his wife very dearly. He wrote several poems where he shows his love for her and the pain she had to go through when diagnosed with tuberculosis (“Annabel Lee”). Virginia did not survive this deadly disease and her monument is erected in Baltimore, Maryland.
Edgar Allen Poe
Life and early years
Edgar Allen Poe was an American writer, a critic and an editor he was born on the 19th of January, 1809. He is known for his short stories and his poetry. He is referred to as the central figure of romanticism, not in just the United States, but also in all of the American literature. He is also considered to be one of the very first people to start writing short stories.
He may also be referred to as the inventor of the fictional genre as he seemed to have been writing about detectives and other such sort of things. There were not a lot of people who could be considered to be earning just through the writings but since he opted this way to earn his livelihood, he faced financial instability and difficulty to make both ends meet.
Gambling and hardships
Edgar Allen Poe was born in the city but was orphaned when his father abandoned the family and his mother died in the next year. He was taken into custody by Joe and Frances Allah who lived in Richmond, Virginia. John Allen and Edgar Allan Poe started to have fights over gambling and lack of money and this was the reason that Edgar Allan Poe could not continue his studies and dropped out after one year of college due to the lack of money. Poe had a fight with John Allan and ended up getting enrolled in the army under a fake name and this was when he initially started writing.
Poe certainly had quite an interesting career in the Army. Poe enlisted in 1827, but he enlisted under a fake name. He enlisted under the name Edgar A. Perry. In two short years Poe rose to the rank os Sergeant Major as he was very successful in the Army
Poe, errr Perry, then set his sights on the United States Military Academy at West Point. However, Poe’s time at West Point was not at all joyous. On January 28, 1831 a court martial tried the young cadet for gross neglect of duty and disobedience of orders. Poe was found guilty of both charges.
Poe’s Army years were filled and surrounded by tough personal challenges. Upon return from his freshman year in Charlottesville at UVA, Poe found his friends avoiding him. He also found out that his old sweetheart gal got engaged to another man.
Poe packed his bags after repeated fights with his foster father and moved to Boston. This is where he published his first book but did not attach his name to it. Poe’s publication costs added to his gambling debts so it’s not certain how the proceeds of this writing got back to Poe if they did at all.
He failed at being a part of the army and eventually left it. After that he ended up being with the thought of becoming a writer and a poet and to pursue this career of his, he spent several years to try and work for literary journals or other such periodicals and was famous for his style of criticism.
Edgar Allan Poe And Alcohol
Poe struggled with alcohol his entire life seemingly. He even drank mixtures of absinthe and brandy which were toxic and very intense. His struggles with alcohol and drugs took over his life and certainly connected to his death in some shape or form. They also likely contributed to his financial struggles. Poe did quit drinking here and there but was never able to completely free himself from alcohol.
After the death of his brother, he started to write earnestly. He was a victim of the actions taken after the international copyright law was passed and because he was trying to live by his life just as a writer, he has to keep borrowing money from other people and being the one who kept pleading for more money.
Edgar Allan Poe started to write poetry in the beginning but later on he ended up shifting all his attention to the prose and had written only a single play which goes by the name ‘Politician’. Poe worked with several magazines and published quite a few short stories and poems but in the summers of the year 1840, Edgar Ellen Poe published an announcement which stated that he was going to start a journal by the name The Stylus. He had initially intended to name the journal The Penn. Sadly, the journal was not published while he was alive.
The Tell Tale Heart
The Black Cat
He died on the 7th of October, 1849, at the age of 40, and the cause of his death is unknown. Most resources state that it may have been due to alcohol or some kind of heart disease, or it may have been cholera, suicide, tuberculosis or something else. Another source claims that he seemed to have died as a result of cooping in which a person is tortured to vote for or support some political party.
The Poe Museum is another great source of interesting facts about Edgar Allan Poe.
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