Edgar Allan Poe Documentary

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Edgar Allan Poe Documentary/Biography

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Edgar Allan Poe (/poʊ/; born Edgar Poe; January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American author, poet, editor, and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story, and is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre. He is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.

Born in Boston, Poe was the second child of two actors. His father abandoned the family in 1810, and his mother died the following year. Thus orphaned, the child was taken in by John and Frances Allan, of Richmond, Virginia. Although they never formally adopted him, Poe was with them well into young adulthood. Tension developed later as John Allan and Edgar repeatedly clashed over debts, including those incurred by gambling, and the cost of secondary education for the young man. Poe attended the University of Virginia for one semester but left due to lack of money. Poe quarreled with Allan over the funds for his education and enlisted in the Army in 1827 under an assumed name. It was at this time his publishing career began, albeit humbly, with an anonymous collection of poems, Tamerlane and Other Poems (1827), credited only to “a Bostonian”. With the death of Frances Allan in 1829, Poe and Allan reached a temporary rapprochement. Later failing as an officer’s cadet at West Point and declaring a firm wish to be a poet and writer, Poe parted ways with John Allan.

Poe switched his focus to prose and spent the next several years working for literary journals and periodicals, becoming known for his own style of literary criticism. His work forced him to move among several cities, including Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City. In Baltimore in 1835, he married Virginia Clemm, his 13-year-old cousin. In January 1845 Poe published his poem, “The Raven”, to instant success. His wife died of tuberculosis two years after its publication. For years, he had been planning to produce his own journal, The Penn (later renamed The Stylus), though he died before it could be produced. On October 7, 1849, at age 40, Poe died in Baltimore; the cause of his death is unknown and has been variously attributed to alcohol, brain congestion, cholera, drugs, heart disease, rabies, suicide, tuberculosis, and other agents.

Poe and his works influenced literature in the United States and around the world, as well as in specialized fields, such as cosmology and cryptography. Poe and his work appear throughout popular culture in literature, music, films, and television. A number of his homes are dedicated museums today. The Mystery Writers of America present an annual award known as the Edgar Award for distinguished work in the mystery genre.

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27 Responses

  1. I can't understand the poor quality of some of the art they used to illustrate this documentary.

  2. poor Poe wow I thought my life was full pitfalls but his is worst ???

  3. The Cowboy says:

    Thanks for the fing spoilers! I haven't read some of these stories yet!

  4. Francis Babe says:

    Great documentary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Forget the cousin this dude could not catch a break. I mean could you imagine going through half the crap he went through? I admire how many times he was brought to his knees and still with everything somehow managed to keep going.

  6. mexicoman101 says:

    he fucking tried to sell the president magazines. I love that. Makes me wanna try selling Trump some encyclopedias

  7. I love his work, but he was a sick kid diddling son of a bitch.
    He fell in love with an eight year old and 'waited' until she was 12 to marry her.
    Anyone who finds that normal, excusable, or acceptable is a sick bitch who I would keep away from children.

  8. Tom Hayes says:

    This Poe Documentary completely skips over his time spent in Philadelphia, his home and the years he spent there. His home in Philadelphia the only Poe home run by the NPS which is free to visit and explore the only Poe home which will not demand immediate payment for walking in the front door.

  9. TheVandalXD says:

    Never knew he was a fucking pedophile….

  10. if there's a movie about his life, i feel like Bill Murray can play edgar allan poe

  11. naphtali x says:

    Poe knew marrying his under age cousin was perverted and scandalous,  that's why he had Virginia's  age changed  from 12 to 21 on their marriage liscense. Poe was just your typical  hillbilly/redneck

  12. Leave me alone, I just want coffay.

  13. Edgar Allan Poo .Poo in the toilet was his best book.

  14. Depressing..I will watch this video………never more.

  15. A man could only take so much pain

  16. yoga says:

    (Almost all religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry. Quote Edgar Allen Poe)
    It says almost all religion, thus not all, there are also some nuggets of truth in religion buried on the myths that enslaves mankind. For the 1st time ever the unseen truth in religion is revealed, it explains the correct interpretation. Traditional religions will not change; people will just see the truth in them. Google Truthcontest click on the earth icon and read the Present with Religion

  17. mbdulka says:

    America's Shakespeare and Nietzsche all-in-one!

  18. 20:00 No one can make a living as a writer NOW, either. The world is too dumbed down and there are not enough readers of quality work.

  19. RagdollRalph says:

    Would be a lot better without that horrid southern accent. It sounds like a someone is making fun of the way they speak down there. Not at all appropriate .

  20. Lonnie Lott says:

    somebody once told me the world was macaroni

  21. Damn, his life was a living hell….

  22. Tech News says:

    I'd still date him

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