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Subj: Today in History - Jan 19
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On this day in 1809, poet, author and literary critic Edgar Allan Poe is
born in Boston, Massachusetts.

By the time he was three years old, both of Poe’s parents had died,
leaving him in the care of his godfather, John Allan, a wealthy tobacco
merchant. After attending school in England, Poe entered the University
of Virginia (UVA) in 1826. After fighting with Allan over his heavy
gambling debts, he was forced to leave UVA after only eight months. Poe
then served two years in the U.S. Army and won an appointment to West
Point. After another falling-out, Allan cut him off completely and he
got himself dismissed from the academy for rules infractions.

Dark, handsome and brooding, Poe had published three works of poetry by
that time, none of which had received much attention. In 1836, while
working as an editor at the Southern Literary Messenger in Richmond,
Virginia, Poe married his 13-year-old cousin, Virginia Clemm. He also
completed his first full-length work of fiction, Arthur Gordon Pym,
published in 1838. Poe lost his job at the Messenger due to his heavy
drinking, and the couple moved to Philadelphia, where Poe worked as an
editor at Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine and Graham’s Magazine. He became
known for his direct and incisive criticism, as well as for dark horror
stories like “The Fall of the House of Usherö and “The Tell-Tale Heart.ö
Also around this time, Poe began writing mystery stories, including “The
Murders in the Rue Morgueö and “The Purloined Letterö–works that would
earn him a reputation as the father of the modern detective story.

In 1844, the Poes moved to New York City. He scored a spectacular
success the following year with his poem “The Raven.ö While Poe was
working to launch The Broadway Journal–which soon failed–his wife
Virginia fell ill and died of tuberculosis in early 1847. His wife’s
death drove Poe even deeper into alcoholism and drug abuse. After
becoming involved with several women, Poe returned to Richmond in 1849
and got engaged to an old flame. Before the wedding, however, Poe died
suddenly. Though circumstances are somewhat unclear, it appeared he
began drinking at a party in Baltimore and disappeared, only to be found
incoherent in a gutter three days later. Taken to the hospital, he died
on October 7, 1849, at age 40.

73 de Scott KF5JRV


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